Nov. 10, 2014 -- Frank Romano desperately wants his dog back after the animal escaped from the cargo of a Delta aircraft at LAX a week ago. But he can't seem to get a straight answer on what happened.
“I keep praying and wishing for him to come back,” Romano told ABC News today. “He’s my best friend. He would cheer me up when I was down. He would put his head on my leg or stomach and look at me with his puppy dog eyes.”
Romano said a Delta official called him this morning to reassure him of their search efforts, but he says the airline gave him conflicting information on Oct. 31 when his microchipped dog first went missing at the Los Angeles airport.
"First [a Delta employee] told me that dog ran off but they got him and need to identify him,” Romano said. “Then a few minutes later she told me they can’t find him. That he’s lost.”
According to a statement released by Delta on Friday, the dog escaped from the kennel on its own while on a Delta aircraft bound for Tampa.
Romano, who is now in Tampa, said Delta offered him a $200 credit toward another flight. He doesn't want the credit, he wants his dog, and he says he's “never flying Delta again.”
“If I could I would go back to LA in a heartbeat,” he said. “I bet I could find Ty faster than Delta can.”
While Romano was living from motel to motel last year he adopted the 6-year-old bull terrier from a shelter in North Hollywood.