Bethany, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy, was traveling with her breeder from Seattle to her new home in Jackson, Mississippi when she disappeared during her connecting flight through Dallas Fort Worth.
Paul Chen, Bethany’s breeder, reported the dog missing when he landed in Jackson on Saturday. As NBC 5 reports, Chen initially thought the dog was stolen during his connection through Dallas Fort Worth.
Hawaii News Now reports that Chen posted a $1000 reward for the Corgi, and contacted his carrier, American Airlines, immediately.
American, which had placed the corgi on the wrong flight, realized its mistake a few hours later and located the dog. Bethany was in Honolulu.
“She took a little bit of a vacation,” American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said. “She has been very well taken care of the entire time.”
“We apologize to Bethany and her owner for the extra flight to Honolulu, and look forward to introducing her to her new owners very soon,” Ross Feinstein, a fellow American Airlines spokesman said.
Feinstein added that the corgi had been with a veterinarian since she was found and was continually checked to ensure that she was well rested. The airline staff was in regular communication with Chen as well.
The mix-up was no doubt a casualty of the busy holiday weekend. The Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving are some of the busiest travel days of the year. It is estimated that 47 million Americans were traveling during that period.
Huguely reportedly said that American will investigate the “misconnect” and what exactly happened, but that the airline is currently focused on bringing Bethany back to her owner.
NBC 5 quotes an email response from Chen, saying, “Don’t know how or why she got there, but I am glad she is safe and sound.”
Bethany will reportedly be returned to her owner on December 2.