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Airport worker fired after refusing to load dog
Airport baggage handler Lynn Jones saw the sad look on the listless, emaciated dog sitting in a pet carrier and knew something was wrong. Then she saw that its body was covered with sores and its paws were worn raw.
"It was so thin, it made me cry," she said.
If that dog gets on that plane, she remembered thinking, it would certainly die. And when she refused a supervisor's orders to load it onto the Texas-bound flight, she was fired.
Now, a month after the incident at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the dog has recovered. And Jones, while her former employer and airport officials have praised her for her actions, remains without her old job.
A statement posted on the company's web site said officials were investigating, and that the company "commends this employee's situational awareness and her desire to raise the concern on behalf of the canine."
"ATS is reviewing the actions of all employees involved to determine if the appropriate action was taken," it said.
.I hope that person one day finds them self in a small cage..covered with sores and hungry..being loaded into a cold storage bin.
Airport police phoned the animal welfare agency, which took custody of the dog.
She has no expertise to judge an animal, and she has no information as to why the animal is being transported.