An adopted dog, in training to be a service dog, is missing after bolting from a TSA checkpoint at the Orlando International Airport in Florida. On Wednesday, Kaitlyn Wakefield’s adopted three-year-old dog, Scarlett, was in line for screening when an agent requested that the dog’s vest and leash be removed, reported Click Orlando.
In a blink of an eye, the unthinkable happened – Scarlett (formerly “Jess”) bolted away, running through the airport, and then outside into traffic. Wakefield, who was headed to Nebraska for a bridal shower, has canceled her trip in order to try and find her missing dog – members of the Furever Bully Love Rescue group are also volunteering time to help find the missing dog, who may be injured.
On Wednesday, the rescue group reached out to its Facebook followers with a plea for help:
Jess is believed to have been hit by a car!! She rolled and ran off again. We have no idea how injured she is!!! This is where people have begun searching.
9107 Jeff Fuqua Blvd
Orlando FL 32827-4350
As for the TSA agent who asked Wakefield to remove the dog’s leash and vest – he is being “retrained.” In a statement, TSA said:
“In this situation, the TSA officer knew the metal leash would alarm the walk through metal detector and thought he was being helpful by asking her to remove it to facilitate screening. But he made a mistake and we regret this. He is being retrained.”
Follow the search for (Jess) Scarlett at this link to the Furever Bully Love Rescue group.
Update: On Friday morning, the rescue agency announced the offering of a $2,000 reward for Scarlett’s safe return.
(Image via Furever Bully Love Rescue Group)