Two Dogs Die During Air Travel in September

The Department of Transportation reported a Miniature Pinscher and an English Bulldog died on U.S. flights in September.

Posted: November 7, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Two dogs died in unrelated air travel incidents in September 2007 on U.S. flights, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s monthly air travel report that was released Nov. 5.

On Sept. 5, Midwest Airlines reported that a Miniature Pinscher was traveling on flight 801 from Los Angeles to Milwaukee, Wis., and was found deceased upon arrival. The incident report states that the customer declined to have a necropsy performed, and therefore the cause of death is unknown. No corrective action was taken.

Continental Airlines reported a 4-year-old English Bulldog was traveling on Sept. 22 from Houston to San Diego on flight 739 and was found deceased upon arrival. The necropsy showed evidence of “acute cardiovascular collapse,” however it was unable to identify the underlying cause. The airline’s incident report states the death was most likely connected to the inherent issues of snub-nosed dog breeds and the difficulty they have breathing, panting and expelling heat when they are excited or stressed. The cabin cargo-hold temperature during transport was between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the incident report. No corrective action was taken.

No other animal deaths, injuries or losses were reported by the airlines in September 2007.

The Department of Agriculture states that they review airlines’ incident reports for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), such as kennel size or temperature breaches, and pursue those for further investigation if the department questions whether the AWA was violated, according to the department’s animal care staff.

More than two million pets and live animals are transported by air each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

-Heidi Hatch, Associate News Editor for


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CJ   Pataskala, OH

8/6/2008 1:36:17 PM

That is soooooooooo sad. Even my dog Casey is sooooo sad

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Toni   Tucson, AZ

11/7/2007 8:34:25 PM

Dogs can be just as afraid of flying as humans. Throw in the fact that they are caged up in a scary place with other strange animals, and they can panic-emotionally and physically. There is no way my pup is traveling like that if I ever have a choice! Some airlines allow you to keep your pet with you on-board, but I don't know the specifics. I think airlines should have a special section somewhere on the plane that allows people to travel with their pets with no worries or compliaints: just pets and their owners. I'd ride in cargo with my Mattydog to keep him from being alone. He's my baby, and I would be terrified that something would happen to him if he had to travel alone. Some people might think we pet lovers are a bit extreme, but he's more important to me than pretty much anything else in my life; almost like a little person. (He's a fluffy white toy poodle of less than 6 lbs.- and an angel at that!)

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Julie   Chesterfield, MO

11/7/2007 6:58:28 AM

I wouldn't send any animal on the airplanes they no more care for then then they do us, there is no one back there with them for the entire flight watching them and making sure they are cared for, "my motto is if justin can't go with me we don't go and we only drive to where ever we need to go!" I have never trusted the airlines they are the worst

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Cheryl   Conway, MO

11/7/2007 5:14:47 AM

This is so sad, and the reason I will not fly my Boston Terriers.

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