This is ridiculous.
Lynn Jones was a baggage handler working at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
One day, while on the job, she was to load a pet carrier with a dog inside.
The hunting dog was emaciated, with bloody paws and sores all over its body.
"The Transportation Safety Authority officers couldn't even get the dog to stand up to be X-rayed.
Everyone who saw it, the TSA people, the Airport Police officers, the girls at the ticket counter, was concerned. The dog was so weak and torn up. It didn't look like it could survive the flight."
So she did what any concerned animal lover would do and told her supervisor she couldn't load the dog on the plane.
Her manager (who is a real monster if this true) told her to load the dog anyway because all the paper work was in order and the animal's condition wasn't her concern.
She was told she'd lose her job if she kept carrying on about the dog.
"I was crying. I kept saying that dog could not be put on a plane."
After not complying she was fired on the spot.
"(My supervisor) kept yelling, 'That's it, you're done, you are out of here, go home.'
The airport police called animal services who took custody of the dog and provided it with veterinary care.
No information is available about the dog other than that the animal services who picked him up said he should pull through.
Now Jones is without a job. She said:
"I loved my job at the airport. Getting the bags to the right flights was challenging, the work is very physical and the people were great. I wouldn't have traded that job for anything. I wouldn't have risked it for anything.
But I just couldn't turn my back on that dog … My supervisor said it wasn't my concern, but animal abuse is everyone's concern who sees it."
Way to go, Lynn Jones!
We need more people like you in the world.
[Image via AP Images.]
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