Lost dog at Honolulu airport frustrates owners, affects travel

Photo courtesy: Laci Horner

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A lost dog at Honolulu International Airport is creating frustration for its owners and for those trying to capture it.

And it’s even affecting travel.

Last week, two runways were briefly closed because the dog was seen running around. Several different agencies have tried to catch this dog, which has been roaming the airport for the past three weeks.

On March 26, Laci and Kendall Horner were at Honolulu International Airport, about to catch a flight to their new home in California. They checked in their two dogs and made sure they were okay.

“We stayed with them for a little bit up in oversize baggage until they had to take them down and then we proceeded to go get food,” said Laci Horner.

About 45 minutes after they said goodbye to their dogs, they received a call from a customer service agent at Hawaiian Airlines.

“She said one of our dogs was loose on the ramp,” Horner said.

Four-year-old Victor escaped from his plastic crate.

“I know he chewed a piece of it because you can see bite marks,” she said. “But it was quite obvious from seeing the crate that it had ruptured when it fell.”

Keoni Wagner, with Hawaiian Airlines, did not say how this happened, but said, “We do feel a sense of responsibility. We’re still doing everything we can do to support the efforts.”

He said Hawaiian is working with local firefighters and the USDA to try to capture Victor. This pet has been spotted near the runways and as recently as four days ago. They’ve used tracking dogs, heat sensors, and traps. Hawaiian has also put up posters of the lost dog, but without any luck. We didn’t have any either.

“No, I haven’t seen that dog,” an airport worker said.

“I’ve seen no dog around,” another airport vendor said.

It’s unclear whose responsibility it is to capture Victor, since several different agencies are involved. The Horners just want someone to find him.

“He’s always been so doting and loving and obedient and I guess that it’s devastating,” she said.

Hawaiian gave the couple a $500 refund for Victor and also paid for their hotel room for a couple of nights, since they remained in Honolulu to look for their pet.

The airline said the search for Victor will continue.

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