August 2007 Airline Pet Travel Report

The August, 2007 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of June, 2007.

Alaska Airlines reports the death of three dogs and the injury of one. One of the reports, from Horizon Airlines, shows up a month late. A nine-week old puppy arrived in Wanatchee, WA in poor condition from Seattle, Washington. Station agents too it to a local vet who indicated the puppy was hypoglycemic. The puppy later died.

A 13 week old puppy on a flight from Seattle to San Diego arrived with a broken foot. What is interesting is the zip ties that were used to seal the cage were missing, along with a blanket that was placed in the kennel. Alaska Airlines did not list a reason for the missing zip ties and blanket and proposed no further action about the incident.

An older dog was found deceased upon arrival in Ketchikan, Alaska. There were no obvious signs of cause and the customer refused an autopsy stating that the dog was elderly and had health problems and was on medication.

A dog, appearing to be a pug, was found deceased upon arrival in Seattle. There were no obvious signs of cause, but the kennel did appear to not be closed and latched correctly. There was TSA tap holding the kennel door closed. No further action was taken.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during June, 2007.
Airline Losses Injuries Deaths
Alaska Airlines 0 1 2
Horizon Air 0 0 1
Total 0 1 3

See all incidents included in the August, 2007 report.

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Source: August 2007 Air Travel Consumer Report.