July 2015 Airline Pet Travel Report

The July, 2015 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of May, 2015.

Alaska Airlines reports the injury of a four year-old German Wirehaired Pointer named Klaus. After delivery to the consignee at Kansas City, MO and removal from the animal’s kennel, cargo services personnel noticed that Klaus had a slight limp. Alaska Airlines management personnel recommended that the animal be sent to a local veterinarian for consultation. Klaus had previous surgeries on leg and hip and the flight appears to have aggravated this previous condition.

Alaska Airlines reports the injury of an 11 month-old Black Mouth Cur named Pepper. Upon arrival in Seattle, WA, Pepper was able to escape the kennel onto the airport ramp and sustained minor injuries to its paw pads and nails. After further review, a load shift in flight may had added pressure to the kennel door assembly and likely contributed to the animals escape. Alaska Airlines stated that ramp personnel have been provided with best practices in opening aircraft cargo compartment doors when animals are being transported.

Alaska Airlines reported the death of a 12 year-old Cocker Spaniel named Shiloh. During a transfer to the next leg of a flight after arriving in Seattle, WA for Portland, OR Shiloh was reported to be unresponsive by ramp personnel. A necropsy was performed where the cause of death was reported as acute cardiovascular collapse associated with multiple organ failure from an undiagnosed disseminated hemangiosarcoma. There is no evidence to suggest that the airline’s handling contributed to the animal’s death.

Alaska Airlines reports the injury of a Siberian Husky that injured its gums chewing to get out of the kennel before a flight from Denver, CO. The animal and passengers were removed from the flight and rebooked for a flight later in the day after a new kennel was purchased and the dog was taken to the vet.

Alaska Airlines reports the death of a Maltese on a flight from Anchorage, AK to Seattle, WA. Another dog arrived safely on the same flight. No additional information was provided.

Alaska Airlines reports the death of a 17 year-old Domestic Shorthair cat named Percival. Prior to loading in Chicago, IL service personnel found that Percival was unresponsive and appeared to be lifeless. There is no evidence to suggest that the airline’s handling contributed to the animal’s death.

American Airlines reports the injury of a dog on a flight from Miami, FL to Seattle, WA. During offloading in Seattle, it was noted that the dog had a small cut on its shoulder and was limping. The dog was transported to a vet clinic examination. American reports that they were unable to determine the cause of the injury.

American Airlines reports the injury of a Yorkie-Maltese Mix in Seattle, WA. The owner stated that the kennel was damaged and the dog injured. American Airlines offered to replace the kennel and have the dog seen by a vet, but the customer declined.

American Airlines reports the injury due to a loss of a Beagle mix named Dash. At Detroit, MI, during transportation from airport terminal to cargo facility the dog escaped. Dash, was found to be in good health with the exception of a fat lip and a scrape on his inner thigh. Dash was transported to a Veterinarian facility for the initial examination. It was noted that the handling employee would retake Live Animal Handling training.

American Airlines reports an injury to a dog on an American Eagle flight from Chicago, IL to Charlottesville, VA. The customer receiving the kennel in arrival the station discovered a scratch on his ear. Customer opted not to take the dog to a vet. The station employees did notice oversized belt was out of service and the kennel was placed on the normal belt in order to deliver to the customer.

Delta reports the death of a 15 month-old Cane Corso mix named Mariah. Upon arrival in Atlanta, GA from Tampa, FL the agents unloading the flight reported Mariah was deceased inside her crate. At the time of the report the necropsy had not been completed.

United Airlines reports the injury of a 10 year-old yellow lab who chipped its tooth trying to escape the kennel prior to loading. The dog was returned to the shipper and not transported.

United Airlines reports the death of a four year-old French Bulldog named Nina. Nina traveled from New York, NY to Houston, TX. During loading for the next leg of her flight she was found to be deceased. Necropsy determined cause of death as Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome; with pre-existing Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during May, 2015.
Airline Losses Injuries Deaths
Alaska Airlines 0 3 3
American Airlines 0 4 0
Delta 0 0 1
United Airlines 0 1 1
Total 0 8 5

See all incidents included in the July, 2015 report.

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Source: July 2015 Air Travel Consumer Report.