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Airport Baggage Handler Fired For Refusing to Load 'Emaciated' and 'Bloody' Dog On Plane

Airport Baggage Handler Fired For Refusing to Load 'Emaciated' and 'Bloody' Dog On Plane

"Paws were bloody and its body was covered with sores."

She helped a canine in distress, and got fired for her troubles.

That's the claim a Nevada woman has made, stating she has been fired from her baggage handling job because she refused to load an "emaciated" dog that showed obvious signs of abuse and neglect.

Lynn Jones, an employee of contractor Airport Terminal Services before her termination, said she wouldn't  put the dog on the plane ride to Texas because "its paws were bloody and its body was covered with sores," according to Fox News.

Her supervisor allegedly told her that the dog's papers were in order and it's condition was none of her concern.

Jones disagreed, and Fox reported her as saying:

"Everybody 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. I was crying. I kept saying that dog could not be put on a plane."

When she called Washoe County Regional Animal Services, they prevented the dog from being shipped on the flight and took it into custody. The owner-- a hunter who travels everywhere with the dog-- apparently took the dog back and nursed it to health before its eventual transport to Texas.

But for her intervention on behalf of the suffering dog, Jones was allegedly fired on the spot on Nov. 15.

"(My supervisor) kept yelling, she said `That's it, you're done, you are out of here, go home.'

Krys Bart, CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said she was out of town when the incident occurred, but stated that the abuse occurred prior to arriving at the airport. Bart also claimed she was proud of the actions of the officers who took the dog into custody.

County animal services officials declined to comment on Jones's firing, citing a new state law that keeps details of animal abuse cases secret.

Jones has suffered after losing the job she held for five years, but stands firmly behind her decision. She has no regrets.

"I just couldn't turn my back on that dog," she said. "My supervisor said it wasn't my concern, but animal abuse is everyone's concern who sees it."

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