When airport baggage handler Lynn Jones saw an emaciated, wounded dog coming through her loading zone at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nevada, last month, she refused to load it onto its owner's plane, worried about animal abuse and fearing that it would not survive the flight to Corpus-Christi, Texas, The Associated Press reports. She was fired for her action.
The dog was nursed back to health at Washoe County Regional Animal Services and returned to its owner, though Corpus Christi animal control officers are investigating the incident, during which the owner said that the dog was in good health to be shipped. Jones' company, Airport Terminal Services, Inc., has since offered Jones her job back with back pay, but she is unsure whether she should take it, the Reno Gazette Journal reports.
Sally Leible, president of the airport contracting company, said that the firing of Jones was a "horrible misunderstanding, and emotions were running very high," the news source reports.
Leible recently told the AP that Jones was brave in this pet rescue
"I think she was courageous in doing that," she said.
Leible told the news outlet that the company is contributing money to the Nevada Humane Society over the next three years to help strengthen awareness about animal abuse.