Woman abandons her French bulldog in a short-term parking lot at Pittsburgh Airport and boards her flight after being told she couldn’t take her pet without a crate
- A woman is facing charges of animal abandonment after callously leaving her pet dog at an airport
- She was reportedly told her French bulldog could only fly in a crate, leading her to ditch the pooch in short-term parking
- Officers arrived to save the dog at around 5:30am on Friday at Pittsburgh International Airport
A woman is set to face charges for abandoning her dog at a Pittsburgh Airport parking lot after she was told couldn’t take the pet on board without a crate.
The French bulldog was found ‘unattended in a stroller’ at around 5:30am near short-term parking at Pittsburgh International Airport on Friday morning.
Officers were able to track down the owner through a microchip in the dog’s neck, but said their attempts to contact the unknown woman were unsuccessful.
The seven-year-old canine was found to be in good health after the ordeal and was taken to a local animal shelter, where it is now hoping for a new, kinder home.
While many people on social media said the dog was better off without its owner, the eager flyer could now face charges of animal abandonment from the Pennsylvania state dog warden.
The French bulldog was rescued by the Allagheny County Police Department after being left at the airport’s short term parking at around 5:30am on Friday
The woman made the shameful decision to leave the dog at the airport after she failed to convince airline staff it was an emotional support animal, Sgt. Jason Donaldson of Allagheny County Police Department told WTAE-TV.
He added that the woman then continued with her vacation and flew to a resort without the canine, although he did not reveal where she flew to.
‘We were able to determine that the dog’s owner had attempted to fly with the dog this morning and was denied boarding due to having an improper cargo container,’ he added.
Police said they now expect the state dog warden to file charges of animal abandonment, which carries a maximum fine of up to $1000.
The pup was taken to local animal shelter Animal Friends, which said in a statement after they picked up the dog: ‘Animal Friends’ Humane Society Police Officers are pursuing an investigation into this case and reviewing possible charges.
‘The dog will remain on hold, and Animal Friends is pleased to provide the necessary treatment and supportive care the dog needs until this case is resolved.’
The abandonment comes seven months after another pup, Stella (pictured) was left tied up outside an Iowa airport when her owner realized he didn’t have a crate
It comes months after a New Jersey man was charged with several offenses, including neglect and animal abandonment, after he left his dog tied up outside an Iowa airport so he could catch a flight home.
Bigsen Charles, 24, claims that he didn’t know he needed a kennel to transport his puppy on the plane, and made the same decision as the woman in Pittsburgh last week as he too left the pup outside the airport and make his journey alone instead.
When airport officials saw the abandoned dog they immediately contacted Animal Rescue League of Iowa, leading to adorable footage of the dog beaming as it played with staff in the shelter.
Charles admitted to DailyMail.com at the time that he ‘knows he made the wrong decision.’