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A dog was abandoned at an airport in Iowa after its owner was told the female pup couldn’t be taken on the flight because it didn’t have the right type of kennel.
The dog was discovered tied up outside the Des Moines airport on December 29 after her owner was unable to catch a flight with her.
Iowa Animal Rescue League (ARL) CEO Tom Colvin told NBC Today that the rescue center was called to the area by airport staff after the owner “attempted to go through the flight process without the proper kennel”.
Mr Colvin told NBC the owner tried to board the flight, was rejected, then returned and boarded the plane without the dog.
Officials said they have identified the owner, whose name has not been made public, and that the incident is under investigation.
Mr Colvin thinks “it wasn’t very long” that the dog, whom the center named Allie, was tied up outside the airport. He noted that the weather “was much better than it was a few days before…during the sub-zero wind chills”.
Allie has been taken into the care of the center and is not ready for adoption as the investigation is still ongoing. The one-year-old dog seemed upbeat despite the ordeal.
Mr Colvin said the dog was ‘very friendly and loved everyone from the airport staff who came out, brought her a blanket, stayed with her, loved her, gave her all the attention until ’til our animal services officers come out and pick her up. She is very soft “.
He added that “it certainly doesn’t seem likely” that she will be recovered after the investigation. When the investigation is over, she will be up for adoption.
Under Iowa state law, abandoning an animal is a misdemeanor, with the level of punishment depending on the harm done to the animal. Fines can range from $105 to $8,540 and jail terms from 30 days to two years.
While Mr Colvin said it was probably the first time he had dealt with an abandoned animal at an airport, he added that “unfortunately abandonment happens often and for a variety of reasons”.
“The conclusion on this is that a lot of people travel with their pets. And it’s good that they’re doing it, it just means they have to prepare,” he added. “They have to think ahead, find out what the requirements are, make sure they have the necessary paperwork for their pet, a rabies certificate, that sort of thing.”
Mr Colvin said Allie should come to “a big house. No doubt about it”.
“We do a high level of adoptions at the Animal Rescue League and with that attention she is going to really, really have a good [home]. She’s going to have a list of people who want to adopt her,” he told NBC.
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