Charges threaten against woman who abandoned French bulldog at airport

Man’s best friend still gets the cold shoulder from his owner.

In the week since a 7-year-old French bulldog was found abandoned in an “unattended stroller” at Pittsburgh International Airport, the hapless canine has yet to be returned home.

And now desertion could be back and biting the pup’s holiday-loving owner – an unidentified woman who allegedly dumped him near the airport’s short-stay car park – on the butt.

“We are pursuing charges,” a spokesman for the Allegheny County Police Department confirmed to The Post on Friday.

“We are working in coordination with State Dog Ward and Humane officers and the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office,” the representative continued. “Initially, [we] I’m considering an animal abandonment charge…but [we’re] We keep our options open.”

If the woman is found guilty of animal abandonment, she could face a $1,000 fine.

“It is an active investigation,” added the official, who could not confirm to the Post if authorities had been in contact with the pet owner.

A police officer with the abandoned French bulldog.
Allegheny County Police officials told the Post that they intend to press charges against the negligent pet owner.
Allegheny County Police Department

On August 4, the woman was preparing to take a flight to a holiday destination with the Frenchman when airline officials told her she would not be able to board with the animal without a crate.

Like a dog chasing its tail, the owner allegedly tried to beg airport visitors to issue her a boarding pass that would falsely identify her four-legged friend as an emotional support pet – thus granting him crate-free access to the plane.

However, the lady soon realized she was on the wrong track when the staff refused to comply with the request.

So instead of giving up her ticket to paradise, the woman apparently left the pooch to fend for herself.

After police discovered the abandoned dog at 5:30 am, they tried unsuccessfully to contact its owner using the information on the animal’s microchip.

The Frenchie was eventually placed at Animal Friends shelter, where he will remain until placed in a foster home, according to a statement from the organization obtained by The Post.

And luckily for the tail wag, animal lovers from all over the world want to take the chance to give him a home.

Stock image of a woman reading a book on the beach.
The unidentified woman is said to have left the dog in a parking lot while boarding a plane bound for a holiday destination.
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Walking french bulldog.
Online, numerous social media users tweeted their desire to house the discarded dog.
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“We have been inundated with caring people in our community and across the country who, upon hearing of this case, have offered to adopt this little dog,” the statement said.

Would-be adopters of pets have also taken an interest in X, expressing interest in bringing the abandoned Frenchie – whose species was dubbed the “most Instagrammable” breed in March – into their families.

“I would love to adopt this pup,” one woman tweeted.

“Give it to someone who deserves it Give him the love he deserves‘ another X user growled.

“My wife and I I have 2 Frenchies left and we’d love to adopt it,” said one experienced dog father.

And while Animal Friends appreciate the kind offers, the shelter is committed to monitoring the dog’s welfare during the exposure investigation.

The French bulldog was sitting in an unattended stroller when police found her near an airport car park.
Animal Friends said in a statement that the company had never before taken care of a dog suspected of being abandoned at an airport.
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“We’re grateful for the interest and compassion,” the shelter noted, adding that this is the first time they’ve taken care of a puppy who was believed to have been abandoned at an airport.

“But for now,” the shelter’s statement continued, “our focus is on moving this case forward and making sure the dog gets the justice it deserves.”

Animal Friends spokespeople did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for the dog’s name or its current behavior.

“The outcome of the case will determine his next steps and ultimate home,” the statement said.

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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