"Ty" the dog

Man says Delta lost dog as he boarded plane to Tampa

Frank Ramano said Delta lost his dog, Ty, as he boarded the plane.

He rescued Ty a year ago. Ramano said he was homeless at the time.

"He was like a big anxiety pill he would help me through the rough times," said Ramano.

So, when it came to flying to Tampa for several weeks, Ramano said he refused to leave his dog behind. He bought a $200 ticket for Ty and put him in a crate.

Airline officials said Ty chewed through the crate and escaped, but Ramano said he did not believe them.

"I don't trust Delta," he said.

Ramano said Ty has a microchip and he'll continue to search for his dog.

"I just want him home safe. I want him back. I just want to be reunited with Ty again," said Ramano. "They sound like they lost a piece of baggage that's it. He's family. He's like my best friend."

Earlier this week, Ramano said Delta told him that Ty had made it to Tampa, but according to a Tampa reporter, baggage services said the dog was never there.

Delta said they are still working with Ramano to find his dog.