Delta Airline investigating dog’s death during layover

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  • The dog traveling from Phoenix to Newark was held in a cargo facility at Detroit Metropolitan Airport during a layover
  • The dog was found dead in his carrier at Detroit Metropolitan Airport
  • The cause of death has not yet been determined

An 8-year-old dog being flown by Delta Air Lines from Phoenix to Newark, New Jersey, died during the trip Wednesday.

According to CNN, the owners, Michael Dellegrazie and his girlfriend, were traveling from Phoenix to New York and decided to put their 8-year-old Pomeranian, Alejandro, on a plane so they could pick the dog up at the Newark airport.

During the layover, Alejandro was held in a cargo facility at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The airline claims that a flight attendant checked on Alejandro during the stop and found him alive, but when another employee checked on the dog two hours later he was dead.

The 8-year-old dog was found dead in his carrier at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Evan Oshan, a lawyer for Alejandro’s owner, said he’s still awaiting the results of a necropsy on Alejandro.

“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,” Dellegrazie told WDIV-TV.

“The family is very upset… This is essentially their family member who died. To say they are upset is a gross understatement,” Oshan said.

In a statement, Delta Air Lines said it is “conducting a thorough review of the situation to ensure this does not happen again and have been working directly with Alejandro’s family to support them however we can.”