January 2011 Airline Pet Travel Report

The January, 2011 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of November, 2010.

Continental reports the death of a one and a half year-old French Bulldog.

The Bulldog was flown from St. Louis, Missouri through Houston, Texas to Seattle, Washington. Upon arrival in Seattle, the dog was found deceased. A necropsy was performed and a small amount of shredded newspaper was found obstructing its larynx. The necropsy went on to state that the amount of newspaper found could have led to blocked airflow and death.

Delta reports the death of two dogs and the injury of a cat.

A one and a half year-old Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier arrived deceased in Atlanta, Georgia from San Francisco, California. A necropsy was performed and indicated that the dog had pneumonia. It stated "the pneumonia compounded by the breed's short nose and narrowed nasal passages is the most likely cause of the animals death."

A six year-old English Bulldog named Guinness arrived deceased in Atlanta, Georgia on a flight originating in Stuttgart, Germany. A necropsy was performed and no cause of death was found. Two additional dogs and one cat arrived safely on the same flight.

A two year-old cat named Nicci arrived in St. Louis, Missouri upside down, with her eyes open and blood in the kennel. The flight originated in Frankfurt, Germany and connected in Detroit, Michigan. The shipper refused Delta's offer for vet services. The shipper was contacted later and stated that the cat was doing well and did not require vet services. Two other cats and a dog arrived safely on the same flight.

Hawaiian Airlines reports the death of an English Bulldog on the short flight from Honolulu, Hawaii to Kona, Hawaii. Little additional information was provided from Hawaiian Airlines.

United Airlines reports the death of a Pug named Bruno on a flight from Rome, Italy to Washington, D.C. Bruno was found deceased upon landing and the necropsy could not find a cause of death.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during November, 2010.
Airline Losses Injuries Deaths
Continental 0 0 1
Delta 0 1 3
Hawaiian Air 0 0 1
United Airlines 0 0 1
Total 0 1 6

See all incidents included in the January, 2011 report.

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Source: January 2011 Air Travel Consumer Report.

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