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Couple jet off to Germany abandoning loyal family pet to freeze to death at airport in minus 30C

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23 January 2017


Tori the dog was left in Koltsovo airport. Picture: The Siberian Times

The shocking story has led to a petition signed by more than 7,000 people calling for the couple to be punished, and outraged comments online protesting about animal cruelty. 

The husband and wife were told that their documents were not correct to allow the dog to fly on their booked flight from Yekaterinburg to Hamburg to see their children who evidently live in Germany with their grandmother, where Oksana also has citizenship. Rather than delay a day, Mr Usurov took the pet outside the terminal, left it in a zip-up carry bag for dogs, and went back to check-in.

He claimed to airport staff he had handed Tori to a friend, it was reported, but in fact the dog - which is seen on happy family photos - was abandoned in an obscure location in the airport complex. 

Tori the dog with the family

Tori the dog with the family

Tori the dog with the family

Oksana and Alexander Urusov were told they needed more papers to fly with dog Tori, so they dumped her outside the terminal. Pictures: The Siberian Times

Three days later Oksana, evidently with a pang of guilt, posted a message to E1 website in Yekaterinburg, saying: 'We are looking for our little dog, she is white with a flick of ginger.

'Our children can't stop crying, please can you help. We're ready to pay the fine. We had to leave her at the airport... they didn't take her on board at check in as we were flying to Hamburg to see children.' 

Animal protection activists rushed to the airport to seek to find the stricken dog. They needed help from airport staff and CCTV cameras because Tori had been left in such a hidden location. When they finally located her, the animal had frozen to death. 

The dog had been placed in a spot where people - who might have rescued the animal - would not see it. 

A janitor told them: 'It died right in this thing.' He held up the dog carry bag, and explained the dog had frozen to death in temperatures which ranged between minus 10C and minus 30C. They had spotted the animal dead three days after it was left by the couple. 


Tori the dog

The shocking story has led to a petition signed by more than 7,000 people. Pictures: The Siberian Times

The activist asked: 'How did it die, died, froze or what?'. He says: 'Well, yes.' And I just started crying and went away, not even asking when it happened.'

Dmitry Tyukhtin, spokesman for Koltsovo airport in Yekaterinburg, said: 'We heard about the story from journalists and couldn't believe a human could do that to a dog.'

He criticised the owners for not seeking help from the airport. 'If only we knew about the problem, at least the dog would be alive. The weather was so cold on those days. 

'Tori was left in an area where there are usually no people. If she was to be left closer or inside the terminal, the dog would have been rescued.' 

Place where the dogs was left

The dog had been placed in a spot where people - who might have rescued the animal - would not see it. Picture: LIFE

The couple had taken the animal previously to Germany, and must have known the documentation required, say reports. 

'The woman at check-in advised them or to change the tickets to the next flight and complete the procedures for taking the dog, or to pass the animal to some acquaintances,' said one account. 

'After that, the man left the building with the dog on a leash, and came back without the dog.When the couple returned to the check-in, staff asked them if they managed to solve the problem with the dog. Alexander replied that they passed it to a friend.'

Protestors have called for the mayor of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman to takes action against the couple.  Among the outranged online comments:

Elena Fenix: 'Such beasts must not be allowed to bring up children!'

Koltsovo airport

Airport Koltsovo inside

Koltsovo Airport. Pictures: Avia.pro

Viktoria Milovanova: 'I am signing this petition because people like Oksana Urusova and Alexander Urusov must be punished! Such idiots, to have left the animal when it is freezing! I wish they stayed outside themselves! Animals are not toys, they are living creatures, they feel pain, cold and fear just as people do!'

Olesya Khoroshilova: 'I think such people are sick and they are dangerous not only for the animals but for the whole society!'

Tatiana Maslennikova: 'I wish somebody would take this woman - dog owner to the abandoned place and leave in the freezing weather alone without mobile, food and water, let her feel what her dog felt.'

Alexandra Glushchenko: 'Cruel horrible people abandoning little dog in the airport. How cruel and terrible. They deserve to spend their life in jail. Someone should take the kids away from them they are terrible parents.'

Comments (16)

Vickie Erb, New Franklin,Ohio
27/01/2020 22:13
So sad - poor puppy - it truly makes you want to cry. Scary thought people like Alexander Urusova and Oksana are allowed freedom with such demonic though process! I pray and wish you a future of utter hell without pity or forgiveness!
John, Hennef, DE & Los Angeles, CA
13/06/2017 07:43
Sick, cruel people who could leave their family loyal pet to die. She was all alone freezing and wondering where her family was...thinking that they will be coming for her soon as she parrished all alone. Someone should leave them in the same condition, all alone and freezing with no help. They could have left the dog in a warm place for someone to take it and take care of it. They need to go to prison for the rest of their lives. I hate them...I hope that God takes care of this beautiful dog...
Cheryl Wolf, Mentor Ohio
08/06/2017 01:50
Cody, you say "well what were they supposed to do". REALLY? They should have found out beforehand what papers were needed to enable Tori to fly with them. Having failed to do that though, and being told at the airport that they needed more paperwork to allow her to fly, they should have GONE BACK HOME. If that meant writing off their holiday - due to their own stupidity and carelessness - then so be it. No caring owners would abandon their pet like that.
Cat, England
26/04/2017 06:17
this is beyond sad and shocking. The articles say these people were going to Hamburg to visit their children. Did they also leave their children behind in Germany? I am going to sign the petition and just hope officials take notice and that these horrible people are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Maggie Tasseron, USA
20/04/2017 03:17
KARMA!!!!....... It will come to pass!!!!!.................If you were here, or I there......I would help it along, you worthless piece of dung
Louis Drake, Mexico
15/04/2017 09:09
Please, sign a petition to punish the owners for the poor dog cruel death. https://www.change.org/p/%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B9%D0%B7%D0%BC%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%83-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B2%D0%BB%D0%B5%D1%87%D1%8C-%D0%BA-%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B2%D0%B5%D1%82%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%BD%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B8-%D1%85%D0%BE%D0%B7%D1%8F%D0%B5%D0%B2-%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%B8-%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B9-%D0%B8-%D0%B7%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B7%D1%88%D0%B5%D0%B9-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%81%D0%BC%D0%B5%D1%80%D1%82%D1%8C-%D0%B2-%D0%B0%D1%8D%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%82%D1%83?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=signature_receipt
Kitten, St.Paul, Canada
25/01/2017 23:02
This dog is a Tibetian Terrier. One of the most loving and sweetest dog breeds. I am shocked that anyone could do this except maybe Satan.
Paul Black, Wenatchee Washington
25/01/2017 10:29
Cody, I hope you don't have any pets or children. I can just imagine how you would treat them. There were a number of things those people could have done, but they didn't. They were in too much of a rush and didn't give a rats a** about that dog. They are pathetic and so is anyone who sides with them!
Cindy, USA
24/01/2017 07:27
They are sick @#%^&  that pore dog slowly freezing to death and crying thinking what did I do bad they should never own another animal again
Rober, Arlington wa.
23/01/2017 23:37
Why would you say you don't blame them. Your heartless to. I wouldn't do that to my pets no way so why should I allow this to be done to there pets. I wish I was there i would off made sure I would find the dog.see them if the dog then no dog I would confront them and dragged them where they dumped the dog. Didn't they thought the dog wouldn't be able to survive in that temperature. I like to see them stay where that poor dog stayed for 3 days. And see how long they will service. X
angelina ricketts, england
23/01/2017 23:35
How could anyone leave this poor little dog in a freezing cold area no one could see. Anyone would know you need papers documents to let your pet to travel.bif you need documents so dose your pet. What bout if you didn't have your documents for your children would you do the same as you did to the poor dog. You would so don't say you wouldn't. These people shouldn't call them selves humans there cruel heartless monsters shame on you x
angelina ricketts, england
23/01/2017 23:29
Cody, a prime example of what's wrong with the human race.
Sarah, UK
23/01/2017 21:29
well what were they supposed to do.
I can't really blame them
Cody , USA
23/01/2017 16:20
This is disgusting.
rose beninger, USA
23/01/2017 15:11

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