Dog found dead in crate during Delta Air Lines layover for cross-country flight


An eight-year-old Pomeranian was identified dead for the duration of a layover close to Detroit, Mich., on Wednesday soon after the dog was on a Delta Air Lines flight en route to New Jersey, his owners and the airline stated.

Alejandro was identified dead in his crate in the cargo facility at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, southwest of Detroit in Romulus. Michael Dellagazie, the owner, stated the dog was alive when the flight from Phoenix, Ariz., landed at the airport about six:30 a.m. Wednesday for a scheduled layover.

About two hours later, Alejandro was identified dead by an agent, who stated the dog was unresponsive. He reportedly had vomit in his crate. The dog’s blanket also had blood stains.

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The dog named Alejandro died Wednesday for the duration of a layover at Detroit Metropolitan Airport soon after a Delta flight from Phoenix, Ariz.


“We lost a loved ones member. That is specifically what occurred, and somebody has to be accountable for it. He was in their care and they did not take care of him,” Dellagazie told WDIV-Television.


Dellagrazie, who owns the dog with his girlfriend, stated he’s grasping to recognize how his Pomeranian had died whilst heading to Newark, N.J.

“Items require to adjust, and I am right here to inform you that the men and women will make them adjust,” Evan Oshan, Dellagrazie’s lawyer, told the news web site.

A Delta Air Lines spokesman told Fox News the dog was observed in great well being soon after the flight and brought to the staging location. The kennel facility determined the dog had died about two hours later and airline officials right away notified the owner. The spokesman added that Delta presented to conduct a necropsy, but was told by the owner to hold off.

In a statement, Delta stated it is conducting an investigation.

“Pets are an crucial member of the loved ones and we are focused on the nicely-becoming of all animals we transport. Delta is conducting a thorough evaluation of the circumstance to guarantee this does not come about once more and have been operating straight with Alejandro’s loved ones to help them nevertheless we can,” the statement offered to Fox News study.  

“As component of that evaluation, Delta presented to have Alejandro evaluated by a veterinarian whilst in our possession to discover out a lot more about why this may possibly have occurred. We are disappointed that we have been not permitted to have a necropsy performed right away following this unfortunate circumstance. The loved ones now has Alejandro and we continue to provide our help,” it added.


It is nevertheless unclear what brought on the dog’s death. Oshan stated the loved ones is “devastated” more than the incident. 

Oshan is the exact same lawyer who represented the owners of the French bulldog that died on a United Airlines flight. The 9-month-old puppy, Kokito, died soon after he stopped breathing on a flight from Houston to New York in March. A flight attendant told the owner to place him in the overhead bin rather than below the seat.

The French bulldog that died in March was not component of the cargo system.

The Linked Press contributed to this report.

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