Airline: Alaska Airlines
Incident Date: Dec 31, 2009
Report Date: February 2010
Incident Type: Injury
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: 503
Originating Airport: SNA (John Wayne Airport-Orange County)
Destination Airport: SEA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl)
Reporting Airport: SEA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl)
Carrier: Alaska Airlines
Flight: 503 (SNA/SEA)
Date of incident: December 31, 2009
Time of incident: Approximately 2:30 P.M. (PT)
Description of animal (including name): Dog (Unknown: breed, name, sex, age of pet)
Narrative description of incident: A dog inside a kennel arriving at Seattle appeared to have tried to dig out of front of its kennel to escape. Seattle Lead Agent paged the passenger and advise her the kennel door and her dog’s front paws were both bloody but her dog appeared to be okay and that a Supervisor would be meeting her shortly in the baggage claim area along with her dog. Passenger stated it was the dogs first flight and the veterinarian did not recommend sedatives, however the veterinarian advised to use 1.5 tablets of Benadryl instead. The dog appeared to be in a distressed state and had bloody front paws from digging at the kennel door.
Narrative description of the cause of the incident: Dog inside kennel appeared to try to dig it’s way out the front of its kennel during its flight to Seattle; however did not succeed. The kennel door and the dog’s front paws were both bloody.
Narrative description of any corrective action taken in response to the incident: No action required.
No photographs available
February 2010 Airline Pet Travel Report
Link to original report:
http://airconsumer.dot.gov/reports/2010/February/Alaska Airlines Dec 09 redacted.doc