Aug 28, 2023

Woman who abandoned pet dog at airport parking before flying off arrested

Allison Gaiser is accused of leaving her French bulldog near a parking lot at Pittsburgh International Airport after being told it couldn't fly with them to Mexico, resulting in charges of animal cruelty

A woman accused of abandoning her pet dog at airport parking before flying off has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

A dog was found in a stroller near a parking lot after its owner allegedly abandoned it before flying to a resort destination.

44-year-old Allison Gaiser of Kittanning, Pennsylvania, is facing charges of animal cruelty after allegedly leaving her dog at Pittsburgh International Airport. The incident occurred on August 4 when Gaiser is accused of abandoning her French bulldog after being informed by an airline staff member that the pet couldn't accompany her on a trip to Mexico and had to be placed in a crate to fly.

The Allegheny County Police Department revealed that the dog was discovered sitting unattended in a stroller within the airport parking area. In response to concerns, police confirmed that the canine was doing well and was currently being fostered.

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Investigations by authorities determined that the owner had intentionally left the dog near short-term parking before boarding their flight to a resort destination in Mexico.

As a result, the owner is now facing multiple charges, including one misdemeanour count of animal cruelty, along with summary violations of animal cruelty, animal neglect, and abandonment of animals by the owner.

Allegheny County Police Department said in a Facebook post: "We heard from so many of you and wanted to provide an update on the dog found at Pittsburgh International Airport on August 4. First and foremost, the dog is doing well and is still being fostered.

"As for the investigation, we can now share charges have been filed against the dog’s owner, 44-year-old Allison Gaiser of Kittanning. Investigators determined Gaiser intentionally abandoned the dog near short-term parking before boarding a plane to a resort destination in Mexico.

"Allegheny County Police are charging Gaiser with one misdemeanour count of animal cruelty, along with summary violations of animal cruelty, animal neglect and abandonment of animals by owner. These charges are being issued via summons."

The police department thanked Animal Friends of Pittsburgh and the state dog warden for their assistance in the investigation and their efforts to ensure the dog's safety.

They also thanked everyone who had expressed concern about the dog's welfare. Additionally, the police encouraged those interested in adopting pets to get in touch with Animal Friends, as there are many animals still in need of loving homes.

A representative from Animal Friends told People that the rescued dog is currently in a caring foster home and is not available for adoption at the moment.

However, if people are interested in adopting other pets, they can visit the organisation's website to learn more about the adoptable animals in their care.

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