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A devastated couple arrived at Sydney airport to find their beloved French bulldog Bruno had died after being left on the tarmac in blistering temperatures.
Kristina and Neil Maccabee were returning home after visiting family in Townsville, northern Queensland, over Christmas.
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The couple, who always took Bruno everywhere with them, flew back to Sydney with Virgin Airlines on Boxing day, The Courier Mail reported.
'Her was our family, he came everywhere with us, every moment shared. We love him more than anything and we are completely devastated,' Mrs Maccabee said.
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Mr Maccabee dropped Bruno off to Townsville airport in the morning, but as it was a public holiday he had to be left with baggage handlers.
Due to the breed's flat-nosed face, their respiratory system is more restricted and they find it harder to cool down in hot temperatures.
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Mrs Maccabee said they'd outlined these specific details in paperwork they'd earlier lodged with Virgin.
When dropping Bruno off, Mr Maccabee made sure he was hydrated and asked the baggage handlers to make sure the water was full before Bruno was put on the flight.
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But when the couple boarded the plane they were horrified to see Bruno on the tarmac in baking temperatures for up to 40 minutes..
When they arrived at Sydney airport the couple's worst fears were realised when a Virgin employee could not look them in the eye.
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'I went to the cargo terminal to pick him up. The girl behind the...
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