Military Family's Missing Dog Found Dead

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    NBCSanDiego

    A dog that escaped from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport while being transported from San Diego to Germany has been found dead by a highway crew.
         
    Nala, an 8-year-old German shepherd, disappeared three days before Christmas.
         
    Delta Air Lines, which was transporting the dog, said the dog was apparently hit by a car. The body was found Saturday alongside Interstate 75.

    Owner Alisa Miller had planned to spend Christmas with her husband, Brian, a U.S. Army officer stationed in Frankfurt, but went to Atlanta instead, hoping to find her dog. After two days of looking, though, Miller left for Germany on Dec. 30.

    The German shepherd mix somehow "vanished" from her locked crate.
     
    "It has 2-inch bolts all around it, a metal cage on the front, they twist-tied it," Miller said last week. "A dog cannot break out of that. But they told me they swapped her into one of their kennels, and I don't know what that looks like because they haven't showed me yet."

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    German shepherd mix "vanished" from her locked crate during layover.

    The family is moving to Germany due to Miller's husband's army assignment.

    Their second dog made it to Germany safely.
         
    A Delta spokeswoman said the airline will donate $1,000 to Atlanta Pet Rescue in Nala's memory.