June 2015 Airline Pet Travel Report

The June, 2015 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of April, 2015.

Alaska Airlines reports the injury of a two year-old Golden Retriever named Robyn on a flight from Bellingham, WA to Seattle, WA.
On arrival, ramp personnel working flight 554 reported that Robyn had sustained minor injuries to her front paws, likely during an attempt to exit the kennel. Alaska Airlines stated that that there was no evidence to suggest that the airline’s handling contributed to the animal’s injury.

American Airlines reports the death of a dog upon arrival in Miami, FL from Aruba. The report indicated that one of six dogs in a kennel was deceased upon arrival. The report stated that local management in Aruba reviewed procedures in accepting live Animals with employees.

Delta reports the death of a nine year-old cat named Bob. Bob traveled from Honolulu, HI to Atlanta, GA and was unresponsive upon arrival in Atlanta. A necropsy was performed and no cause of death was found.

Delta reports the death of a three year-old St. Bernard/Labrador Mix on a trip from Las Vegas, NV to Frankfort, Germany. Lady was found unresponsive upon arrived in Amsterdam, NL. The necropsy and histological report indicates the cause of Lady's death was most likely acute heart failure due to the acute myofibril degeneration and necrosis in the heart. Another dog traveling on the same flight arrived safely.

Delta reports the loss of a seven year-old chihuahua named Cookie. Cookie was traveling with a second chihuahua from Los Angeles, CA to Bloomington, IL via Atlanta, GA. Upon arrival in Bloomington, IL it was discovered that Cookie had soiled the kennel. An attempt was made to clean the kennel before releasing the dogs, however Cookie was able to escape her leash. At the time of the report, Cookie had not been found.

Express Jet, flying for Delta, reports the injury of a 9 week-old Basset Hound. Upon arrival in Atlanta, GA the dog was found to have a cut around the nose area which was believed to be self-inflicted. Veterinary services were provided and the dog was treated and released.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during April, 2015.
Airline Losses Injuries Deaths
Alaska Airlines 0 1 0
American Airlines 0 0 1
Delta 1 1 2
Total 1 2 3

See all incidents included in the June, 2015 report.

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Source: June 2015 Air Travel Consumer Report.