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Airline loses stray dog rescued in Mexico

A Canadian couple fell in love on their vacation in Mexico — with a stray dog.

Josiah Allen and Erin Docking were sitting on the beach in Puerto Vallarta when the small white dog came up, sat down next to them and stayed all day long.

By the time their 10-day vacation ended, the couple had determined to take the dog, who they’d named Paco, back to Canada.

They filled out paperwork, took him to a veterinarian for treatment of an eye infection and tick infestation, and paid to get him the necessary shots.

But on their flight home, Delta Airlines somehow lost the dog, the Detroit News reported.

On May 3, the couple placed Paco in a pet carrier and flew from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City. At the airport there, they ran into trouble getting approval for Paco to fly to Detroit. Airline officials questioned whether the carrier was large enough for Paco but approved him for the flight once Allen signed a waiver protecting Delta from any claims if the dog was injured.

When Allen and Docking arrived in Detroit,  Paco was nowhere to be found.

“After waiting around for two hours, they told us (Paco) was in Mexico City and would be flown in on the next flight,” said Allen, 19, a kinesiology student at the University of Waterloo.

But Paco –  described as a mix between a “wiener dog and a Jack Russell terrier” — didn’t arrive the next day, and hasn’t since.

After Allen went public with the story, Delta officials called and offered to cover the expenses he’d incurred with Paco and throw in some extra cash, Allen said.

“Our staff has conducted exhaustive searches to locate the dog,” Delta officials said in a statement. “We have been in contact with the dog’s owner to inform them of the situation and to offer our sincere apologies that we have been unable to recover the dog…”

Some reports say Paco broke out of his cage at the airport and ran away — meaning he may once again be a stray, only this time in Mexico City rather than Puerto Vallarta.

Comments

Comment from Clint Cora
Time May 11, 2010 at 8:02 am

This is awful. My first two dogs flew in the cargo area twice from Toronto to Winnipeg and back when I relocated there for three years. I guess fotunately for me, each time I arrived at the baggage area, they wheeled my dogs in their crates right out as priority. But then again, these were direct flights and within Canada.

Comment from Aidan Cole
Time May 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

Adding insult to injury, the refund was given in Delta bucks, not dollars. Because the first thing you want to do after Delta loses your dog is book another flight, so they can lose more of your things. Maybe they’ll lose you next time! Exciting.

Comment from bruce
Time May 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

i truly believe i seen this dog this morning at starbucks in the peninsula plaza
if anyone can help me reach the person, josiah allen i would apreciate it

bruce

email
teatrolimon(at)gmail(dot)com

Comment from Marna Rojas
Time May 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

Good Morning Bruce! Someone just informed me about your post and possible sighting of Paco. I belong to a group in Mexico that has been frantically working on this case since last Saturday. I am forwarding a flier to you that has contact information (in Mexico City) that you can call _We are in close contact with Josiah Allen, the dogs rescuer. I am Marna Rojas, and I am the President of Happy Tails Acapulco, and I am working very closely with Animal Rescue People in Mexico City. If you could e-mail me your phone number I will contact you with details.

Thank you!

Marna Rojas

Comment from Dora
Time May 15, 2010 at 11:41 am

Bruce, please join Josiah Allen’s Facebook group, Delta Loses Dog or befriend Josiah Allen on his.

Comment from juliana
Time December 31, 2010 at 1:26 am

DELTA SUCKS!!! WHEN I TOOK MY DOG TO BRAZIL, THEY LOST MY DOG’S PAPERWORK…SO SHE HAD TO STAY IN THE CAGE AT THE AIRPORT FOR 48 HOURS PLUS DE 24 HOURS OF TRAVELING!!! WHEN I PICKED HER UP SHE HAD FECES ALL OVER HER…THEY KEEPT HER IN THE CAGE THE WHOLE TIME…SO CRUEL…AND THEY STILL MADE ME PAY A FEE FOR KEEPING HER AT THE AIRPORT FOR 2 DAYS. THEY NEVER APOLAGIZED!!! I HATE DELTA!!!!

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