Pup abandoned at Des Moines International Airport by holiday traveler

ARL staff described the dog as "incredibly sweet" and are calling her Allie.

By Lee Rood, Des Moines Register

A traveler abandoned a 1-year-old dog outside the Des Moines International Airport, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa said.

ARL animal services officers who responded to a call about a dog tied up outside the airport Thursday said airline employees told them the dog’s owner had been unable to bring the animal aboard a cross-country flight because the owner did not have a kennel for her.


They said the owner left the airport with the dog, then returned alone and went on to board the Allegiant flight. The dog was later found tied up outside the airport.

ARL staff described the dog as “incredibly sweet” and are calling her Allie. They notified Des Moines police and are caring for the dog, the ARL said. It was unclear Friday whether she would be put up for adoption.

“The incident is still an active investigation, and more details will be released as they are able to be shared,” the ARL said in a news release.

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