December 2006 Airline Pet Travel Report

The December, 2006 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of October, 2006.

American Airlines reports the death of two dogs. The first was a Boxer that was found deceased upon arrival to Las Angeles. A necropsy reveled a pre-existing heart condition. American verified that oxygen and temperature controls were set correctly for the cargo area. The second death reported by American was a 14 year old pug. The dog was found deceased upon arrival in Dallas from West Palm Beach, Fl. A necropsy was performed and stated the cause of death was age and environmental stress related. This flight did have a 4 hour and 45 minute delay where the animals in the cargo were placed near an open door and offered water. Both dogs were short-nosed dogs.

This is the first time that Atlantic Southeast Airlines has submitted a report. They have reported the death of an 8 week old peakapoo upon arrival to Boise, Idaho from Dallas / Ft. Worth. A necropsy was performed and indicated respiratory distress, among other things.

Frontier reported an injury of a Doberman Pinscher that was reported to them 4 days after the flight. The passenger indicated that the dog was shivering after the flight and a vet diagnosed it as hypothermia. The owner has failed to return calls to Frontier. A Frontier review indicated that the temperature controls for the cargo bin were set correctly and that the outside temperatures were within normal range.

Hawaiian reported the loss of a cat that was loose in the cargo hold. When they opened the cargo door in Los Angeles, the cat jumped out and ran off. A reminder to make sure your pet's carrier is well secured. You can use zip ties to help keep the door latched.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during October, 2006.
Airline Losses Injuries Deaths
American Airlines 0 0 2
Atlantic Southeast Airlines 0 0 1
Frontier Airlines 0 1 0
Hawaiian Air 1 0 0
Total 1 1 3

See all incidents included in the December, 2006 report.

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Source: December 2006 Air Travel Consumer Report.