Pittsburgh, PA – August 22, 2023
A woman has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly abandoning her French bulldog at Pittsburgh International Airport before embarking on a flight to Mexico earlier this month.
Allegheny County Police announced that Allison Lyn Gaiser, 44, is facing charges related to the incident that took place on August 4. Gaiser attempted to take her brown-and-white male French bulldog on her flight, but the airline denied boarding due to the dog not meeting the criteria for an emotional support animal and not having the required kennel.
Surveillance footage captured Gaiser pushing the dog in a stroller toward an airport walkway enclosure after being denied boarding. The dog was later found unattended in the stroller by a county police officer about 40 minutes later.
The dog, licensed and equipped with an identification microchip, was unharmed.
Upon Gaiser’s return to the airport on August 10, she was met by a county police sergeant. She confessed to leaving the dog behind due to airline restrictions and claimed to have arranged for her mother to collect the animal. However, text messages reviewed by authorities revealed that no such arrangement was made.
The dog was turned over to the care of Animal Friends, an animal care facility, by the state dog warden. The organization stated that it is providing the necessary treatment and care for the dog while the case is ongoing.
Currently residing in a foster home, the dog is reported to be in good condition.
Gaiser’s first court hearing is set for October 16. No attorney is listed for her in court records, and her contact information could not be located at the time of reporting.