Thu, Dec 08, 2011
Had Refused To Load A Distressed Dog Into An Airplane Cargo
A woman fired from her job as a baggage handler with Airport
Terminal Services (ATS) in Reno, NV, has been offered her job back
after the story hit the news media.
Lynn Jones was working the ramp at Reno-Tahoe International
Airport a month ago when she came across a dog in a pet carrier
that was to be loaded onto a plane headed for Texas. The Associated
Press reports that the animal was thin, was covered with sores, and
looked listless and "sad." Lynn did what she thought was best for
the animal, and refused to put it on the plane. She said she
thought the animal would die during the flight.
She was terminated by ATS, and was jobless for about a
In a news release Tuesday, ATS said it "sincerely regrets the
events that took place at Reno-Tahoe International Airport ...
involving our employees and the reporting of suspected animal
"We applaud Ms. Lynn Jones' courage to report the unfavorable
condition of the animal she encountered, and we encourage others to
be as vigilant as she was.
"Further, we have connected with Ms. Jones ... to extend her an
offer to be fully reinstated to her position with back pay.
We will continue to work diligently to resolve this matter. We are
hopeful that this valued ATS team member will rejoin us.
"ATS will use this experience as a valuable reminder for all of
our employees nationwide, and we intend to move forward with a
renewed commitment to recognize and report animal abuse in any
"Additionally, in light of this regrettable incident, ATS will
be making a three-year financial contribution to the Nevada
Humane Society in an effort to strengthen awareness regarding the
mistreatment of animals.
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