A DOG owner is furious after being forced to leave her canine home alone this Christmas - because its airline ticket will cost more than the entire family holiday.
Swiss shepherd Nina will spend the festive season in kennels while the Wachter family jets off to Spain to visit relatives in Barcelona.
But owner Laura Wachter, 53, said she had no choice after discovering her pet's return flight with airline British Airways was going to cost more than £1,000.
Mrs Wachter, of Adelphi Road, Marsh, said: "I don't get it - it is absurd. We have paid only £880 for a family of four.
"I don't know if the dog was going to get champagne or caviar, but I have travelled with dogs many times and they usually pay an acceptable fee."
Mrs Wachter, who moved to Huddersfield from Spain eight months ago with her husband and 19-year-old twin daughters, was planning the trip to visit her 86-year-old mother and brothers.
She said: "It is a shame because we wanted to spend Christmas all together and the dog is part of the family.
"My children are very sad, but it comes down to a choice between granny and the dog."
She claimed she could not understand why the cost was so high.
"They have said it is because of the handling but that doesn't seem to be reasonable to me," she said.
"I never had these problems in Switzerland and the States."
Today a spokesman for British Airways said: "Our charges in carrying live animals are in conjunction with IATA, the International Air Transport Association, which represents airlines around the world."
He said the charges for live animals were 150 % of the general cargo rate and also depended on the weight and size of the dog.
Mrs Wachter now plans to complain to British Airways.