Lost dog at Atlanta airport found safe after three weeks

01:10 11.09.2023

In a heartwarming turn of events, a traveler's dog that went missing after escaping from its crate at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta has been found safe and healthy after more than three weeks on the run. Maia, a chihuahua mix, was discovered by a good Samaritan hiding beneath a cargo rack at the airport. The local animal activist, Robin Cole Allgood, recounted the moment of the rescue on Facebook, describing how she crawled on her back under the rack to reach the frightened canine. The news of Maia's safe recovery comes as a relief to her owner, Paula Rodriguez, a native of the Dominican Republic.

Maia had escaped from her crate on August 18 while Rodriguez was being questioned by border agents. Unfortunately, due to missing visa credentials, Rodriguez was forced to return to her home country instead of continuing her journey to San Francisco. It was during this chaotic incident that Maia disappeared. Delta Airlines, the carrier responsible for the mishap, offered Rodriguez $1,800 in compensation, which she deemed an insult and felt it could never replace her beloved pet.

Robin Cole Allgood became the hero in this story when she decided to take matters into her own hands. She posted signs around the airport, hoping for any leads on Maia's whereabouts. Her efforts ultimately paid off when a FedEx cargo employee called her at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday to report a sighting of the missing dog. Allgood immediately rushed to the airport and, after numerous "wild goose chases," was finally led to the North Cargo facility.

The search for Maia intensified as airport workers and Allgood joined forces to locate the pup. After numerous failed attempts to reach the frightened dog using nets, poles, and barricades, Allgood took matters into her own hands. She bravely shimmied under the cargo rack and successfully brought Maia to safety. The veterinarian who evaluated Maia noted that she was in incredible shape considering the ordeal she had endured. Her paw pads showed no signs of heat damage, suggesting that she had only ventured out on the airport grounds at night.

With the good news of Maia's recovery, Rodriguez is reportedly overjoyed and eagerly looks forward to being reunited with her furry family member. However, the legal implications of the incident remain unclear. Rodriguez's lawyer had been negotiating with Delta, especially after their initial compensation offer. The airline defended its offer, claiming it was not meant to be compensation but rather a gesture of goodwill. Rodriguez and her family had also spent a significant amount of money and resources trying to find Maia themselves. Rodriguez's mother even flew to Atlanta to aid in the search.

Delta Airlines stated that they are still investigating the specifics of how and why Maia went missing. The airline confirmed that Maia had escaped her crate while being transported in the operations area outside the terminal buildings. In the meantime, Maia is receiving veterinary treatment to ensure her continued good health. This heartwarming tale serves as a reminder of the power of determination and the lengths we are willing to go to reunite with our beloved pets.

/ Monday, September 11, 2023, 1:10 AM /

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