January 2014 Airline Pet Travel Report

The January, 2014 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of November, 2013.

On Alaska Airlines flight 642 from Seattle, WA to Phoenix, AZ, a one year-old, female, Pit Bull named Bella fell off the belt loader while in the kennel and suffered a minor cut to the tail while unloading in Phoenix. The supervisor told the owner what had happened, they both inspected the animal and found only a cut on the tail. As a corrective action, the station manager was sent a reminder about proper pet handling.

On Alaska Airlines flight 704 from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles, CA a female Boxer was found to be loose in the cargo area upon arrival in Los Angles, CA. Alaska Airlines reports that the dog chewed through the plastic of the kennel, then escaped. The dog appeared okay except for a small metal piece next to its eye. Which the animal owner was able to flick off. The injury was self-inflicted so no preventive measures were taken.

On Alaska Airlines flight 7 from Washington DC to Los Angeles, CA a female dog was discovered to have bloody paws upon arrival in Los Angles, CA. Alaska Airlines reports that the injury occurred by the dog pawing at the kennel door attempting to escape. Once the blood was cleaned up, the injuries appeared minimal and the owner left with her dog. The injury was self-inflicted so no preventive measures were taken.

On Alaska Airlines flight 876 from Kona, Hawaii to Seattle, WA a two year-old, female, Golden Retriever was found loose inside the cargo area upon arrival in Seattle. Alaska Airlines reports that the dog escaped the kennel by chewing through the plastic, this caused the dog to sustain damage to its teeth. The injury was self-inflicted so no preventive measures were taken.

On Delta Airlines flight 622 from Singapore, to Nashville, TN a female, dog, named Chloe sustained a cut on her tongue. Delta Airlines reports that when the dog was being loaded onto the plane, the dog became violent and started biting at the kennel door. After it bit at the door, blood was noticed coming from the dog's tongue. It was then sent to the vet with the owner, and the injury was determined to be superficial. The injury was self-inflicted so no preventive measures were taken.

On United Airlines flight 0200 from Guam to Honolulu, HI, a 3 year old, female, cat named Scotchie escaped in Honolulu, HI. United Airlines reports that during transit the cat must have jostled the door open and escaped. As a corrective action Guam reviewed processes involved with securing kennel doors with cable ties to prevent animal escape.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during November, 2013.
AirlineLossesInjuriesDeaths
Alaska Airlines 040
Delta 010
United Airlines 100
Total 1 5 0

See all incidents included in the January, 2014 report.

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