A dog found alone in a baby stroller after his owner abandoned him at the airport is in safe hands as authorities continue their investigation. The dog was left at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pennsylvania a week ago after police say a woman showed up looking to board a flight with her dog.
However, the Allegheny County Police Department reports that the airline denied her request because she did not have the required dog carrier. She then tried to claim the dog was an emotional support dog. But again she was denied boarding. So the woman ended up leaving the dog in a parking garage in the stroller and then took her flight to a Mexican vacation resort.
Allegheny County Police Department rescued the dog and said the incident was “shocking.” They later posted a photo of the dog with an officer on Facebook and wrote, “Don’t leave your pets behind.”
As the post from the police department indicates, they did find a microchip on the dog. The police have been able to identify the dog’s owner since then, according to the KDKA News, but have been unable to contact her. The unnamed woman could face charges of animal abandonment from the Pennsylvania state dog warden and a fine of up to $1000.
In the meantime, the police took the abandoned dog to Animal Friends. The shelter has received a lot of interest in the dog, who appears to be around 7 years old. The group noted on the Facebook page, “We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of interest and support in the case of the dog suspected of being abandoned at the airport. We are unable to comment at this time about the details of this case or the healthy status of the dog because it’s an active investigation. Please know that the dog is receiving the highest quality of care from the team at Animal Friends.”
Animal Friends Humane Officers are also investigating the incident.