An 8-year-old Pomeranian was found dead during a layover near Detroit, Mich., on Wednesday after the dog was on a Delta Air Lines flight en route to New Jersey, his owners and the airline said.
Alejandro was found dead in his crate in the cargo facility at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, southwest of Detroit in Romulus. Michael Dellegrazie, the owner, said the dog was alive when the flight from Phoenix, Ariz., landed at the airport around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday for a scheduled layover.
About two hours later, Alejandro was found dead by an agent, who said the dog was unresponsive. He reportedly had vomit in his crate. The dog's blanket also had blood stains.