For Jutta Kulic, it is completely upsetting that Air Canada lost Larry, the Italian Greyhound she was caring for and trying to get to it’s new owner.
Traveling with a pet on an airline is stressful. Pet owners worry about their “babies” being OK and usually can not rest well until they are reunited with their pet.
In this case, the lost Italian Greyhound was traveling solo and was on his way to his new home after his owner died.
Kulic, a retired dog breeder was caring for Larry and made sure that he was secured in his travel crate for the flight from San Francisco to Canada.
She had warned Air Canada employees that they were not to let the Italian Greyhound out of his crate for any reason unless he was in a completely enclosed area.
And what did Air Canada do? On Oct. 7 after the flight was delayed, and despite Kulic’s warning, Larry was let out of his crate for a walk and ran off.
According to CBS Sacramento, Larry may have been picked up by a couple after he was hit by a car near the airport., where he was last seen running.
A San Francisco veterinarian received a call from a couple who picked up a dog after it was hit near a highway but, as of yet, the couple has not come forward.
Other reports circulating indicate that Larry was hit by a car.
Air Canada initially did not handle the situation very well. They were contacted by a local station who inquired as to what was being done and received an email reply from Air Canada Spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick that was obviously meant to be shared internally
I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time.
It certainly provides insight as to Air Canada’s view of American’s in general and a big lesson to people and businesses nationwide to double check your emails before hitting the send button.
Air Canada has been in damage control mode and claim to be actively seeking Larry.
A Facebook page has been set up for Larry the Italian Greyhound. He is 2 years old and weights 13 pounds.
If you see Larry please call 330-421-8786 and/or email [email protected]
The missing poster warns not to chase Larry because he will be frightened.
Update. Sadly, Larry the greyhound had been badly hurt after being struck by a car just a few minutes after his escape. A Good Samaritan found him and took him to a vet. Larry had sustained very bad injuries including a crushed pelvis and a collapsed lung, and was humanely euthanized.
The hospital did not know it was the same dog until a staff member saw a missing poster.