K-9 Escapee Killed

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 10:58am

Dog that escaped from Delta Airlines crate meets tragic end near Atlanta airport.

Alisa Miller is questioning Delta Air Lines' version of the events that led to the death of her 8-year-old German Shepherd, Nala.

"It's just really hard for it to end this way," Miller said from her home near Frankfurt, Germany.

"I just have a tremendous amount of guilt that I trusted these people with my dog," she says.

After a search that lasted nearly two weeks, a construction worker found the remains of Miller's pet off of Aviation Boulevard near Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

A construction worker made the discovery on New Year's Eve.

It appeared Nala had been hit by a car.

Alisa was in the process of following her husband, Private Brian Miller, to his new assignment in Germany.

She trusted Delta with transporting her two dogs from San Diego, California.

During a layover in Atlanta, Nala escaped.

Delta told the Millers that their German Shepherd broke out of a crate supplied by the airline while on the tarmac.

After learning of her pet's death, Alisa Miller says she's having trouble believing that her pet worked its way out of the crate.

"It was just cracked," Miller said of the crate. "The top of it was cracked as if it had been dropped, and the hole is not big enough for my dog to get out of."

In a written statement, a Delta spokesperson says Nala escaped out of the top of the crate.

"There are teeth marks where she was chewing on the plastic to create the opening," said Delta's Susan Elliott.

After learning that her dog was missing, Alisa Miller flew to Atlanta on December 29 to help with the search.

She says she tried for a week to convince Delta to pay for her flight, but finally came on her own.

Delta has told the Millers they will reimburse them for the cost of Alisa Miller's flight to Atlanta, plus her expenses.

Alisa Miller says the airline has also agreed to reimburse her for the cargo fees to transport her two animals.

The Miller's beagle made it to Germany safely.

"We are saddened that the search efforts of our employees and a host of volunteers did not have the outcome we had all hoped," Delta's spokesperson wrote in her statement. "We would like to offer our sincere appreciation to the many volunteers that supported search efforts to find Nala. In gratitude for this assistance, Delta will be making a $1,000 donation to an Atlanta-based animal rescue group."

Alisa says she's not interested in suing the airline, but admits if given a choice, she won't use Delta in the future.
 

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