The December, 2006 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of October, 2006.
American Airlines reports the death of two dogs. The first was a Boxer that was found deceased upon arrival to Las Angeles. A necropsy reveled a pre-existing heart condition. American verified that oxygen and temperature controls were set correctly for the cargo area. The second death reported by American was a 14 year old pug. The dog was found deceased upon arrival in Dallas from West Palm Beach, Fl. A necropsy was performed and stated the cause of death was age and environmental stress related. This flight did have a 4 hour and 45 minute delay where the animals in the cargo were placed near an open door and offered water. Both dogs were short-nosed dogs.
This is the first time that Atlantic Southeast Airlines has submitted a report. They have reported the death of an 8 week old peakapoo upon arrival to Boise, Idaho from Dallas / Ft. Worth. A necropsy was performed and indicated respiratory distress, among other things.
Frontier reported an injury of a Doberman Pinscher that was reported to them 4 days after the flight. The passenger indicated that the dog was shivering after the flight and a vet diagnosed it as hypothermia. The owner has failed to return calls to Frontier. A Frontier review indicated that the temperature controls for the cargo bin were set correctly and that the outside temperatures were within normal range.
Hawaiian reported the loss of a cat that was loose in the cargo hold. When they opened the cargo door in Los Angeles, the cat jumped out and ran off. A reminder to make sure your pet's carrier is well secured. You can use zip ties to help keep the door latched.
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