December 7 Update: According to an article in the Boston Globe, Lynn Jones has her job back, has received an apology, and will get back pay! Plus, “Airport Terminal Services Inc. also will contribute an unspecified amount of money to the Nevada Humane Society over the next three years to help ‘strengthen awareness regarding the mistreatment of animals,’ said Sally Leible, president and CEO of the St. Louis-based company on Tuesday.” Boy, if we thought Jones was a hero before, how about now? It’s nice to see a little justice in the both the human and the dog world once in awhile.
Last month, Lynn Jones was at her job at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, when she noticed that a dog that was about to be loaded on a plane looked sick. According to Jones, the hunting dog, whose species has not been identified, was emaciated, had open sores on its body, and paws that were raw.
“The Transportation Safety Authority officers couldn’t even get the dog to stand up to be X-rayed,” said Jones, who was then an employee of Airport Terminal Services, the facility’s contractor.
“Everyone who saw it, the TSA people, the Airport Police officers, the girls at the ticket counter, was concerned. The dog was so weak and torn up. It didn’t look like it could survive the flight.”
Fearing for the animal’s life, Jones refused to let the dog on the plane. She called animal control and the police, but when her supervisor found out, he told her that the animal’s condition was none of her business. Then, Jones says, he fired her on the spot.