A labradoodle named Cooper went missing for almost two days. The dog was found in Ontario racking up some miles after WestJet placed it on a wrong flight that was going to Canada.
Owner Terri Pittman placed Cooper, a golden labradoodle, on a flight coming from Halifax to Deer Lake, Newfoundland on April 19, 2017. The owner wanted her dog to stay with her family for a moment while she goes to Jamaica with a friend to attend a wedding. However, WestJet made a mistake and sent the dog to Hamilton, Ontario, which is 1,200 miles away from Deer Lake.
According to the National Post, the situation got even worse when the plane arrived in Hamilton. When the airline staff took Cooper for a potty break, the dog broke free from his leash and ran away. The dog went missing for more than 24 hours until he has found on Friday morning.
Travel & Leisure reported that Hamilton citizens played a big role in helping Pittman find Cooper. She said, "Thousands of people helped me. With all the [social media] shares, and people searching and calling. Random people messaged me asking how they can help, and they're out around at three, four in the morning, looking around."
One of the dog's owners Chelsea Simon also said, "It's the most overwhelming feeling of happiness," after the dog was spotted around 9 a.m. on Friday morning. Although the dog was found healthy, she added that Copper was wet, starving and dirty.
Now, WestJet is trying to trace back how the incident happened and will offer compensation for Cooper and his owners. The airline company stated that it will pay for the dog's vet bills and will send them back home once they recuperate. The company took note of the incident and said that it will make sure that no pet will experience the same thing ever again.