October 5, 2023

By Jared Formanek and Julia Buckley | CNN

After enduring almost a month of heartache and anxiousness, a canine proprietor can lastly relaxation after her lacking canine was discovered safely at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport on Saturday, based on airport officers.

Delta Air Traces passenger Paula Rodriguez’s 6-year-old canine, Maia, was misplaced in August on the airport, which is taken into account the busiest on the planet.

The airport’s operations group discovered Maia hiding close to the north cargo services, based on a publish on X, the social media platform previously generally known as Twitter. “Drained however in obvious good well being, she was transported to a vet and is anticipated to return house quickly,” airport officials said.

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport shared a photograph of Maia, the canine who disappeared there 3 weeks in the past and was discovered safely on Saturday.(Hartsfield-Jackson Airport) 

On August 18, Rodriguez and Maia launched into a journey from their house within the Dominican Republic to California for a two-week trip.

Nonetheless, once they arrived in Atlanta for a layover, Rodriguez was knowledgeable by border patrol workers that her vacationer visa didn’t meet the required necessities. They canceled her visa and instructed her she would want to return house on the subsequent flight, Rodriguez beforehand instructed CNN.

With the subsequent flight to Punta Cana scheduled for the next day, Rodriguez confronted the distressing actuality of spending the night time alone in a detention middle, separated from her beloved canine companion.

“They known as a Delta agent, who took Maia from me,” Rodriguez instructed CNN.

The following day, Rodriguez arrived at her flight’s gate early, eagerly awaiting her reunion with Maia. To her dismay, Maia by no means arrived.

Unable to stay in the US for over 24 hours and not using a visa, Rodriguez was left with no alternative however to board her flight to Punta Cana with out Maia, an expertise that she stated triggered a panic assault throughout her journey house.

“Everybody who is aware of me is aware of what she means to me,” Rodriguez stated of her beloved pet. “I don’t go anyplace with out her. She’s so properly behaved that I take her to eating places, actually in every single place. She’s my associate in all the pieces.”