October 2011 Airline Pet Travel Report

The October, 2011 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of August, 2011.

Alaska Airlines reports the death of a two year-old male Boxer. The owner was shipping his sick dog to a pet hospital in Anchorage, AK for treatment from possible rat poisoning. When the cargo door was opened in Anchorage, ramp agents found the dog deceased. It is unlikely this death was directly related to the flight.

Alaska Airlines also reports the injury of a seven year-old female Siberian husky. Upon landing in Seattle, WA ramp agents found the dog inside its kennel, tipped on its side, with its front paws bleeding. Alaska said no action was taken in regard to this incident, but it is unclear why the kennel shifted during flight.

American Airlines reports the loss of a cat named Jack during loading at John F. Kennedy International. Jack as since been found.

Continental reports the death of a 10 year-old Yorkshire Terrier named Chuy. Chuy was found deceased in Salt Lake City, UT on a flight from Houston, TX. The owners refused a necropsy and commented that their dog was very old and wasn’t well and had diabetes.

Delta reports the death of a 2 1/2 year-old German Short Hair Pointer. This is another incident where the dog had pre-existing injuries and it is not clear the the death was related to transport. Delta did publish a reminder on the importance of adherence to Delta Air Lines acceptance policies, confirming Delta does not accept animals which exhibit signs of injury, distress, or are demonstrating efforts to escape and that Delta reserves the right to refuse pets as checked baggage if the health of the animal is in question and/or if the animal’s health may be jeopardized by the extreme conditions.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during August, 2011.
Alaska Airlines 011
American Airlines 100
Continental 001
Delta 001
Total 1 1 3

See all incidents included in the October, 2011 report.


Amy wrote almost 5 years ago:

I am assuming this is only for US based airlines, because my dog also died on an October flight from Santiago Chile to JFK on a LAN flight. Knowing what I know now I would never travel with a bulldog, I suppose we could have found a home for him in Chile when we moved back to the US.

LAN assured us that our perfectly healthy English Bulldog was fine for travel since it's temperature controlled and there were moderate temperatures in both Santiago and NY, but they just left his kennel next to the baggage claim belt with him dead inside. No personnel anywhere. Another man on my flight came to help me resuscitate him even though he was UNBELIVABLY hot, like, oven hot, and told me the same had happened with his dog (I think it was a Golden) a month before on LAN.

Anyway, really, really try to avoid travelling with pets.

Kate wrote almost 5 years ago:

Jack the cat was found but never made it home. He sustained major injuries while lost and was unable to recover. RIP Jack

Julie wrote over 4 years ago:

I was on the LAN flight from Santiago Chile to JFK and witnessed this horrific scene. My heart broke for Amy and her poor little Bubba. It took everything in me to not cry in front of her as I tried to comfort her. I decided then that I would never, ever, ever travel with my pets. Amy- I will have you know that the loss of Bubba has not gone in vain, I have told all pet owners I know so they won't travel wtih their pets and wrote a letter to the ASPCA to see if anything can be done to change the standards of airlines.

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