June 2016 Airline Pet Travel Report

The June, 2016 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of April, 2016.

Alaska Airlines A two year-old Rottweiler mix named Mac arrived deceased in Seattle, WA from Kona, HI. A necropsy was performed and the histopathology report states the cause of death of acute cardiovascular collapse likely associated with an underlying congenital heart condition and understated brachycephalic conditions.

Delta Airlines A dog arrived deceased in Newark, NJ from Atlanta, GA. The necropsy was inconclusive as to the cause of death.

SkyWest A piglet arrived in Ithaca, NY from Detroit, MI. At he time of arrival, the piglet seemed unresponsive. The piglet dies two days later and the necropsy report indicated that the piglet had severe organ damage due to hypothermia and was also found to be hypoglycemic. There was not comments as to the environmental conditions of the plane during the flight or any indication that SkyWest checked to ensure that the heating of the hold was functional.

United Airlines A Boxer was able to escape its kennel during loading in Columbus, OH. The report states that the dog was returned to the owner and not shipped. No mention of how the dog escaped or any preventive actions was mentioned.

Another Boxer named Joni injured herself trying to escape her kennel before she was loaded on a plane in Raleigh, NC. She was treated by a local vet for irritation to the gums and teeth, and was cleared to continue travel.

A Bulldog arrived in Chicago, IL from Dallas, TX with injuries to its mouth and gums from attempting to check its way out of the kennel. The dog lost a tooth, but was transferred to a metal kennel and continued to Anchorage, AK where it was released in good condition.

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Sky Blue injured its mouth chewing at the kennel on a flight from Honolulu, HI to Denver, CO.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during April, 2016.
Airline Losses Injuries Deaths
Alaska Airlines 0 0 1
Delta 0 0 1
SkyWest 0 0 1
United Airlines 0 4 0
Total 0 4 3

See all incidents included in the June, 2016 report.

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Source: June 2016 Air Travel Consumer Report.