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Escaped dog at Atlanta airport found after three weeks

  • The dog was flying with her owner, who was refused entry due to visa issues
  • The carrier broke on an active runway and the dog escaped
  • She was found hiding in a cargo area and will be reunited with her owner

FILE – A Delta Airlines plane leaves the gate on July 12, 2021, at Logan International Airport in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

(NewsNation) — A dog that was lost at the Atlanta airport has been found after three weeks and airport officials are preparing to reunite the dog with her owner.

“Maia, the dog who escaped onto the airfield at the world’s busiest airport, was recovered on September 9. ATL’s Operations team found her hiding near the North Cargo facilities. Tired but in apparent good health, she was transported to a vet and is expected to return home soon,” the airport said on Twitter.

Maia, a six-year-old Chihuahua mix, was traveling with her owner Paula Camila Rodriguez, who is from the Dominican Republic.

When Rodriguez’s flight arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, she was refused entry due to problems with her visa. Maia was supposed to be boarded overnight in the Delta pet facility before the pair flew back to the Dominican Republic.

Delta said Maia broke out of her carrier on an active runway and escaped. Over the past three weeks, airport employees and local officials searched for Maia, even using night-vision goggles to try to find her.

Lost pet recovery specialist Robin Allgood found Maia after a tip from a FedEx worker who had seen the dog. Delta said Maia will be on her way to be united with Rodriguez soon.

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