What is wrong with people?!?! Gosh, this story makes my blood boil (thanks to reader Mike for flagging this).
Abandoned dog found in stroller at Pittsburgh Airport
Police were called to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) early Friday morning around 5:30AM, after a dog was found alone in a stroller in the airport. The seven year old dog had a microchip, but when police contacted the owner, they didn’t get an answer.
Investigators then talked to airline officials, and figured out what was going on. The dog’s owner reportedly tried to fly with the dog, but she didn’t have the right crate for travel. She then tried to claim the dog was an emotional support animal, but that attempt was unsuccessful as well.
So the owner then decided to abandon the dog near short-term parking, and boarded her flight. There was food and water next to the stroller, and the dog reportedly looked “very sad.”
Police say that this wasn’t believed to be an emergency travel plan, but rather the owner just wanted to go on vacation. According to Allegheny County police:
“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. In turn, the dog was abandoned, and the dog’s owner continued to its resort destination as intended.”
The dog’s owner will now face a charge of animal abandonment. Fortunately the animal is in good condition, and is in the care of Animal Friends. Hopefully the dog finds a new home with people who can actually give it the love it deserves.
How can humans be so cruel?
I just don’t get it. If you choose to get a dog, presumably you actually like animals, value their companionship, and see how they have feelings too. So what goes through someone’s head when they decide to abandon their dog at the airport so that they don’t miss a flight? Like, it’s one thing to call a friend or family member to ask them to take care of your dog while you’re away, but to simply abandon them in short-term parking?
What exactly goes through your head when you board your flight, knowing your dog is just sitting there alone, and you may never see them again? “Oh, can’t wait to do tequila shots at the all-inclusive!”
A dog was abandoned at Pittsburgh Airport on Friday morning, after the owner learned that she couldn’t fly with her dog, because the dog didn’t have the right carrier. Rather than changing travel plans, the person instead decided to abandon the dog at the airport, and attempts to reach out to the owner were unsuccessful.
For the most part, humans inspire me in terms of how most people are actually pretty decent, and try to do the right thing. Then you see stories like this, and you wonder what’s wrong with some people…