Woman 'dumps emotional support dog' at airport after staff won't let it on plane

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Woman 'dumps emotional support dog' at airport after staff won't let it on plane

A woman who tried to jet off to a holiday resort with her French Bulldog reportedly ended up dumping the pooch in a parking lot when staff refused to let the canine on board, officials say.

The poor dog was "found unattended in a stroller" at the Pittsburgh International Airport on Friday morning at 5:30 a.m, the Allegheny County Police Department tweeted.

The passenger had been told she would need a crate for her dog in order to fly with it, police said. But instead, the dog was reportedly found dumped "near short-term parking as the woman proceeded to board a flight," police claimed.

Woman 'dumps emotional support dog' at airport after staff won't let it on plane rriddqixxiqezinvThe seven year old dog was abandoned, police say (Allegheny County PD)
Woman 'dumps emotional support dog' at airport after staff won't let it on planeThe woman 'said it was her emotional support animal' (Allegheny County PD)

The seven-year-old dog is microchipped, but the owner couldn't be contacted. For now, it is being cared for by a local animal shelter.

Sgt Jason Donaldson told ABC affiliate WTAE-TV that the woman pretended her dog was an emotional support animal in order to get it on board the flight but officials didn't believe her.

"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," Allegheny County police Sgt. Jason Donaldson said.

"In turn, the dog was abandoned, and the dog’s owner continued to its resort destination as intended."

The woman is expected to be charged - local reports say it is illegal under Pennsylvania law to abandon a dog, and convicted owners can face fines of up to $1,000.

It comes as a man in Argentina found out the hard way that good things don't come cheap and cheap things aren't usually good when he brought home what he thought were toy poodles, but turned out to be rodents blasted with hormones.

In Catacarma, Argentina, an unnamed man spent $150 on two animals that were supposed to be toy poodles and brought them home to his family, according to the Daily Mail. To his horror, when he took them to their first vaccination appointment, the veterinarian informed him that they weren't poodles.

They weren't even dogs. It turned out that the market stall where the man bought these creatures was running a scam. They were breeding and selling white ferrets that were pumped full of hormones upon birth and had their coats combed out in a way that made them seem extra fluffy.

Rosaleen Fenton

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