A one-year-old dog that was apparently abandoned at the Des Moines airport on Thursday is now in safe hands.
The dog was found tied up outside the airport after its owner was unable to get it on a flight. Today reported on Friday.
According to Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Iowa CEO Tom Colvin, staff received a call from airport officials alerting them to the puppy. The owner apparently did not have a suitable travel kennel for the dog.
Amidst the chaos of flight delays and cancellations, a dog was seemingly abandoned at the Des Moines airport. https://t.co/rS990MoggN
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 31, 2022
The person tried to board with the dog but was not allowed. The person left, but returned a short time later on his own and boarded the flight, Colvin explained.
Officials eventually learned the person’s name and are now investigating the matter regarding the dog, which rescuers have named Allie.
“Allie is incredibly sweet and is now safe in our care and loving attention from our team of staff. The incident remains under active investigation and more details will be released as they are able to be shared. This puppy is just one of the 10,000+ pets ARL has taken care of already this year,” ARL wrote in a social media post Friday.
The video shows someone hugging and scratching the brown and white dog’s back as she vigorously wags her tail:
DOG LEFT AT AIRPORT: Unprecedented flight cancellations have left thousands of people stranded at airports this week, but it’s not the airlines’ fault that this sweet puppy stranded at the Des Moines airport yesterday… When ARL Animal Services officers responded to a call about a dog tied up outside the airport, airline workers told us the dog could not board the cross-country flight home with its owner because the owner did not have a kennel. They said the owner left the airport with the dog, but returned alone and went to board their flight. The 1-year-old female dog, whom we named Ali, was later found tied up outside the airport. Allie is incredibly sweet and is now safe in our care and loving attention from our staff team. The incident remains under active investigation and more details will be released as they are able to be shared. This pup is just one of the 10,000+ pets ARL has cared for this year already. You can help Allie and the hundreds of other animals in our care get a fresh start in the new year. Just use the button below, go to our website at https://bit.ly/3C9HY7A or help via Venmo @ARL-Iowa.
Posted by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Friday, December 30, 2022
Allie is not available for fostering as officials look into what happened, but she seems happy to be in such good hands, Colvin noted.
“(She’s) very friendly and loved everyone from the airport staff who came out, brought her a blanket, stayed with her, loved her, giving her all the attention until the animal services officers came out and got her,” he said.
ARL fans expressed their views on the matter, with one person writing: “I’d go home with my dog before leaving her tied up at an airport.”
“I mean, a quick Google search shows that most airlines require a dog kennel and provide pretty clear expectations about kennel requirements. At least it was hot yesterday, poor thing,” commented another.
If the dog is not claimed once the investigation is complete, it will be put up for adoption, Colvin explained.
A similar incident occurred recently when an abandoned dog was adopted at the San Francisco airport, Breitbart News reported Monday.
Sweet, sweet baby Polaris is coming home with a loving, new @united family today, just in time for the holidays. @vjpassa the love you gave this dog really saved his life – you are the epitome of Good Leads The Way! pic.twitter.com/VC5Y5ZpyDW
— Maddie King (@Maddie_Queen) December 15, 2022
“The dog later had a wonderful stroke of luck when United Airlines captain William Dale decided to take him home to be part of his family,” the agency said.