I want to know what happened,” Dellegrazie told ABC News.
The dog is not a pet. He’s a member of our family.”
Dellegrazie and his girlfriend put Alejandro on a flight from Phoenix, where they lived, to a final destination of Newark, New Jersey, the city where they are relocating to on May 30th.
Alejandro, in a kennel, was placed in the cargo hold. When a flight attendant check on Alejandro during a layover in Detroit at about 6 a.m., the Delta worker noticed nothing unusual.
But when the dog was check on two hours later for the final leg of the flight, he was dead.
Dellegrazie has hired Evan Oshan, who previously represented another airline passenger with a dog that had died on a flight.
Oshan said the family is completely devastated and he accompanied Dellegrazie to Detroit to pick up Alejandro’s remains.
Dellegrazie told CNN that after seeing the blood stains on the dog’s blanket, he suspects “some kind of foul play.”
Delta says it is evaluating what happened and is promising a thorough review.