October 26, 2013 - 2:54 PM
VANCOUVER - A dog that escaped from Air Canada employees at a California airport while en route to British Columbia is dead after apparently being hit by a car.
Larry the Italian greyhound bolted from handlers at San Francisco International Airport earlier this month and was last seen several kilometres from the airport.
The dog was being shipped to a family in Campbell River, B.C., by its temporary American owner, Jutta Kulic, who was relocating the dog after its original owner died.
Kulic says she received a call from a veterinary hospital earlier this week that confirmed a passerby found Larry on a nearby highway shortly after he disappeared.
Kulic says Larry was hit by a car, and the veterinary hospital put him down because of its injuries, though it didn't realize it was the same dog until a few days ago.
Air Canada issued a statement saying its employees were sad to learn of Larry's death and the company has reiterated its animal care policies to its workers.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2013