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Paula Rodriguez was flying from Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). She arrived in Atlanta and was denied entry by US Border Control officials who informed her that she was unable to enter the United States and would be held in a detention center before being sent back to the Dominican Republic. Even worse, her beloved dog would not be able to stay with her and was subsequently lost.
Delta Air Lines informed Rodriguez that they did not have her dog, Maia. She was forced to board her flight home (by law she could not remain more than 24 hours) without her pet. That was over a week ago and her dog has yet to be found.
Andrew Gobeil, the Senior Director of Communications for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, gave a statement to Atlanta News First:
ATL’s operations teams conduct runway and airfield inspections throughout the day. At this time they have not encountered the dog, but will continue to remain vigilant should she appear. If she is seen, ATL’s staff will attempt to capture her and return her to the airline and her owner.”
Delta Air Lines says that staff continue to search for the dog, but there has not been any signs of Maia.
Anthony’s Take: I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it must be to lose a pet in this manner. Hopefully, Maia is found and reunited with her owner in the Dominican Republic.
(Featured Image Credit: @pcrod via Instagram.)
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