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Old 08-05-2010, 07:18 AM   #1
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Default [News] Seven Dogs Dead After American Airlines Flight

(CNN) -- Authorities were investigating the deaths of seven dogs after an American Airlines flight to Chicago.

Flight 851 was an hour late taking off from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tuesday morning, according to Mary Frances Fagan, director of corporate communications for American Airlines. The flight arrived at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport at 8:54 a.m. with 14 dog kennels on board.

All the dogs on Flight 851 were "bound for other locations," Fagan said. When ramp workers began the process of moving the dogs to the other flights, they noticed the animals looked "lethargic." They tried to cool them down. The animals were taken from the airport to a veterinarian, Fagan said. Seven dogs later died.

The incident was under investigation. The dogs are being necropsied. The airline said it has drawn no conclusions on what happened.

"We normally transport 100,000 or more every year. We certainly do value pets that our customers have as well as our own," Fagan said.

The American Airlines website details rules for accepting dogs and cats on aircraft. Among them: "Temperature restrictions have been established to ensure animals are not exposed to extreme heat or cold in the animal holding areas, terminal facilities, when moving the animals between terminal and aircraft or on an aircraft awaiting departure."

The airline's website says pets cannot be accepted when the current or forecasted temperature is warmer than 85 degrees at any location on the itinerary.

The Dallas Morning News reported the temperature at Tulsa International Airport was already 86 degrees at 7 a.m. before the plane's departure, and 87 degrees at 8 a.m.



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OMG how awful is that! If it was my pet I would be totally losing it.... although they should NOT be flying in cargo in high temps.. BOTH the owners and the airlines need to step up and own this.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:41 AM   #3
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Those poor puppies! I'm in tears after reading this. It happened right here in Tulsa and I just heard about it this morning. It has been extremely HOT here for weeks, and I can't believe anyone with half a brain would put these puppies in cargo and then let them just sit and bake in this heat. I'd love to know which of our 'wonderful' Oklahoma Greeders was shipping their pups off in Cargo, so I could go stuff them in a metal can for a few August hours!
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This is sad and disguisting on the part of the Airline... ok if one dog got sick and died, that may not be the airline's fault... but 7! you can't tell me all of those 7 dogs were unhealthy to begin with, so why did they die!

I think it's rediculous and the airline should be ashamed. I am so thankful that both WestJet and Air Canada allow small dogs in the cabin now... I will NEVER allow my baby to go in cargo (Thus my reasoning for not using Via Rail anymore...
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so so sad.
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I'd love to know which of our 'wonderful' Oklahoma Greeders was shipping their pups off in Cargo, so I could go stuff them in a metal can for a few August hours!
I agree. The seven dogs that died have got to be from one of the many Oklahoma puppy mills.
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Looks like there were 14 dogs total being shipped by the same person. I'm sure they were puppy mill puppies on their way to a pet store.

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Default Puppy mills or BYB more than likely

Quote: I can't believe anyone with half a brain would put these puppies in cargo /endquote.


More than likely puppy mills in the area shipping puppies to pet stores back east.

Just another reason not to buy from pet stores.
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Default Even sadder is the fact that puppy mill will get paid

Is that the puppy mill owners will get paid from airlines for putting the puppies in the cargo hold with the high temp so high and then simply ship the puppy stores another batch of puppies.

DO NOT BUY YOUR PUPPIES FROM PET STORES..............
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okay I read the article but I do not see anything that says that they were all coming from the same person. Where did you get that information?
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American Airlines confirmed that the puppies were sent by a commercial kennel/puppymill. Looks like only half of the puppies were deemed healthy enough to fly.

The dogs, which were sent by an unidentified commercial dog-breeding operation in Oklahoma, were to make connections at O'Hare to flights that would take them to pet stores in other states. Only seven of the 14 dogs were deemed "airworthy," and they were placed on the second flight, American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said.

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This is the part of the article that scares me:

Continental Airlines reported 40 animal deaths during transport in 2009, the highest number among U.S. carriers. American was second, with 28 deaths; followed in the top five by Delta Air Lines, 17 deaths; Alaska Airlines, 16; and United Airlines, 13 deaths, according to the U.S. DOT.


Yes, accidents do happen, but those numbers seem really high to me. 40 animal deaths in a year? This is obviously not a case of an irresponsible breeder putting an unhealthy dog on a plane, but is a problem on the part of the airline(s). What are they doing to make sure this NEVER happens again? Or do they really care about animals at all?
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This is horrifying, and it sounds like 7 others weren't even allowed to fly because they were so sickly. I wish there was more that we could do about this. The miller will probably sue the airline.
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okay I read the article but I do not see anything that says that they were all coming from the same person. Where did you get that information?
"The Fort Worth-based airline says it contacted the shipper who put the puppies on the Tuesday morning flight and is investigating further."

To me that reads like it is one person...
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How sad.

Why am I not even the least bit surprised to find all these poor animals came from a puppymill?

My dad is a retired captain for a commercial airline and he told me he would never choose to fly any of his pets as cargo. He said if there is any trouble the first place the climate control is cut off is in the cargo holds.
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