Baggage handler fired for refusing to load sick dog gets job back

Sometimes the universe rights itself: A baggage handler who was fired after refusing to load an apparently sick dog onto an airplane at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Nov. 12 has been given her job back, according to the Washington Post.

Lynn Jones was loading baggage onto aircraft on Nov. 12 when she noticed an emaciated-looking dog “whose paws were raw and covered in sores” according to KNRV-TV, in a pet carrier that she was about to load. Jones, afraid the dog would die during the flight, refused to put the dog onto the aircraft and instead had airport police contact Washoe County Animal Control. The dog was taken to an area veterinarian and treated for several days before being released back to its owner.

Jones was fired on the spot by a supervisor. A furor was ignited when the incident made the news; Jones received national coverage as well as a Compassionate Action Award from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Airport Terminal Services offered Jones her job back, with back pay and full reinstatement of benefits. The company will also make a donation to the Nevada Humane Society.

“… I just couldn’t turn my back on that dog … My supervisor said it wasn’t my concern, but animal abuse is everyone’s concern who sees it,” Jones said in an RGJ.com article.