TORONTO – A four-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog named Bruno has been reunited with his owner after the animal was mistakenly sent on a plane back to Cuba.
Cubana Airlines failed to unload the dog in Montreal after a flight from Varadero. Bruno’s owner, Ottawa journalist Stephen Wicary took to Twitter Sunday to explain that his beloved pet had gone missing in transit.
“We feel helpless, powerless and heartbroken. And sickened by the failings in the air transit system that have allowed this to happen,” Wicary tweeted Sunday morning.
Wicary’s story resonated with social media users and animal lovers alike who responded with retweets and messages of support, even offering to drive the journalist to the airport.
The hashtag #findbruno was trending on Twitter as people worried about the welfare of the dog. Wicary tweeted that Cuban airport officials believed the dog had been mistakenly sent to Toronto when he had actually been flown back to Cuba.
The canine’s travel nightmare came to a happy conclusion Sunday afternoon after as Wicary tweeted a photo of Bruno with the caption “#Bruno, back at last” after the dog arrived safe and sound at the Montreal airport.
Below is more social media reaction after Wicary took to Twitter with Bruno’s story.