Dog found dead at airport during Delta layover

Dog found dead at airport during Delta layover
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A dog traveling in a pet carrier from Phoenix to Newark, New Jersey, was found dead during a Delta Air Lines layover in Detroit on Wednesday. 

“When he landed here in Michigan, he was alive at 6:30 a.m., and then at 8:20, he wasn’t moving and it just doesn’t make any sense to me,” the dog's owner, Michael Dellagrazie, said in an interview with WDIV-TV, referring to his 8-year-old Pomeranian, Alejandro. 

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“We lost a family member. That’s exactly what happened, and somebody has to be responsible for it. He was in their care and they didn’t take care of him," he continued. 

Delta told WXYZ-TV that Alejandro was checked on by flight staff at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, but when the flight attendant returned to check on the dog two hours later, he was dead. 

The airline said it was investigating the events leading up to the dog's death. 

Delta is “conducting a thorough review of the situation to find out more about why this may have occurred to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” the statement said, according to The Associated Press

The death last week comes months after a French bulldog died on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York after a flight attendant insisted the owners put the dog in the overhead carrier. 

The airline unveiled a new pet policy in March in response to the incident, which involves issuing brightly colored tags to customers traveling with pets. 

The same lawyer who represented the French bulldog's owners is representing the Dellagrazie family.