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Dog found in Hamilton after being put on wrong flight

Last Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 9:42 am EDT

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A puppy that was put on the wrong flight to Hamilton has been found.

The dog, named Cooper, went missing after it was mistakenly flown to the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport on Wednesday.

The 11-month-old Golden Labradoodle was supposed to be on a WestJet flight leaving Halifax for Deer Lake, Nfld., to be with family.

The dog was taken to Hamilton instead and got off his leash after he was taken out of the kennel for a walk.

The dog was spotted in Hamilton just before 8 a.m. Friday morning. The owner received several calls and didn’t reveal the exact location because Cooper was scared. He was finally reunited with the owner near the Hamilton airport just after 9 a.m. on Friday.

WestJet said it did everything possible to find the pup, including ground searches, putting up posters, and investigating tips from the Hamilton airport security phone line.

“We are extremely sorry this happened but the intention was to make the dog comfortable given the journey he was on,” a WestJet spokeswoman said in an email.

“The safety and care of pets, whether they are travelling as cargo or as carry-on, is always a top priority for WestJet and we sincerely apologize to the pet’s owner for what has occurred,” she said.

It’s not yet clear how Cooper ended up in Hamilton instead of Deer Lake.