Adopted Dog, In Training To Be Service Dog, Bolts At Airport

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
United States

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)

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. c lassi says:

    As with airlines, when pets are lost forever and/or are injured or killed, all anyone will receive is a “We’re sorry” and nothing will be done to keep the same from happening again. Airport and airline personnel will do absoutely nothing.

  2. Kay says:

    Looks like the dog needed quite a bit more training… wonder if it was truly a legit service dog or if it was a “service dog” because owner bought it a vest. Either way, hope they find the poor pup.

    1. Penny Eims says:

      The dog was still in training (so not perfect) and when the vest comes off, that means “off duty.”

      1. dogmom25 says:

        That is SO TRUE. A family member was a K-9 officer and was able to kept his “partner” with him. The dog was “ALL BUSINESS” and would refuse treats from anyone NOT his partner. Take his “uniform” off, he was a big, huge, puppy, complete with slobbery kisses and endless desire for treats and what-ever you’re having too.

        That poor dog was scared off, where if the vest was allowed to remain, that dog knowing it’s “work time” would have too.

  3. Kim says:

    I hate the TSA. So many of the agents don’t even know what the agency’s policies are, and often they are rude. I have had them say printouts from TSA webpages were not correct. This agent was stupid. I hope she finds her dog.

  4. L says:

    what a fool

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