Delta is investigating pet dog death during Detroit Metropolitan Airport layover


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Delta says it is investigating the death of a pet dog that occurred during a layover at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Wednesday, which was discovered dead with blood on a blanket in its crate.

The dog — an 8-year-old Pomeranian named Alejandro — died en route from Phoenix to New Jersey while in its crate at the airport's cargo facility. The owner, Michael Dellagrazie told WDIV:

‘‘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. ... We lost a family member. That’s exactly what happened, and somebody has to be responsible for it.’’

Dellagrazie is represented by attorney Evan Oshan, who told WXYZ:

‘‘I think this stretches beyond just pets. I think this is the way that airlines, commercial airlines in general, treat people. They are treating people horribly.’’

Delta released a statement saying they are investigating the matter, and also offered to conduct an autopsy on the pet dog.

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