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Airport Worker Claims She Was Fired For Not Loading Bloody Dog On Plane

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada woman says she was fired as a baggage handler at Reno-Tahoe International Airport after she refused to load an emaciated hunting dog on a plane.

Lynn Jones says her supervisor told her to load the dog last month because the animal’s paperwork was in order and its condition wasn’t her concern.

But Jones told the Reno Gazette-Journal she couldn’t put the dog on the plane to Texas because its paws were bloody and its body was covered with sores.

She says airport police shared her concerns and phoned Washoe County Regional Animal Services, which took custody of the dog. The dog nursed back to health and shipped to Texas, but it’s not clear where.

Jones’ former employer, St. Louis-based contractor Airport Terminal Services, didn’t return phone calls.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Vicky Bevis

    It’s so inspiring to see someone actually take a stand when it’s obvious that a very wrong act is about to be committed. The police & the regional animal services were also heroes for doing the right thing, too. My only concern now was who the dog was being shipped back to in Texas.

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