Thursday, September 27, 2012

NEVER Transport Your Dog in Airplanes Cargo

I don't care how much protection you do - I would never transport my pet in  an airlines cargo. You just don't know what happens in there during flight. Things could shift, and cause a dog great stress; is it really temperature controlled? I doubt it.  Personally, if my dog could not ride inside the cabin with me - I would drive where I am going - it is just too risky.

And here is some  sad proof -

 Supermodel and international AIDS activist Maggie Rizer is mourning the loss of her family’s 2-year-old Golden Retriever, Beatrice, after the otherwise healthy dog died during a United Airlines flight from New York City to San Francisco September 3.

Though the model knew that there are always risks in transporting pets on an airplane, she and her husband went above and beyond the requirements of United’s PetSafe program, taking every precaution to make sure that Bea and the family’s other Golden Retriever, 7-year-old Albert, would be safe on the cross-country flight.

In addition to the required veterinary examination and certificate of health required by United, which showed that both Beatrice and Albert were in perfect health four days before the flight, Rizer purchased new kennels, prepared special water bowls with ice, and even paid the airline an additional $1,800 to ensure that her dogs would be cared for during the flight.

 “When we arrived in San Francisco to pick up our dogs we drove to the dark cargo terminal and on arrival in the hangar were told simply, ‘one of them is dead’ by the emotionless worker who seemed more interested in his text messages,” Rizer described in a statement on her blog.

Rizer says that she and her family, including 10-month-old son Zander, fought with the airline for hours about releasing Bea’s body for a necropsy at Rizer’s family veterinarian.
What the veterinarian discovered, says Rizer, was that at some point during the flight, Beatrice went into severe distress. Heatstroke is thought to be the cause of her death.

 In a statement, United Airlines both expressed their sympathies and denied any wrongdoing: “We understand that the loss of a beloved pet is difficult and express our condolences to Ms. Rizer and her family for their loss. After careful review, we found there were no mechanical operational issues with Bea’s flight and also determined she was in a temperature-controlled environment for her entire journey." (How can that be proved?)

Rizer told People Magazine that, after losing Bea on the United flight, she will never fly with her pets again, and she hopes that her story will serve as a warning to other families. “I don’t think dogs should be treated like bags,” Rizer said. “They’re living, breathing creatures and parts of people’s families.”
“Please, don’t trust that an airline will truly care and provide safety to your beloved pet,” she continues on her blog. “At some point in the two hours that Bea was in the care of United Airlines before she died, someone made a mistake and because of that, our loving, sweet Bea is no longer in our lives.”

Read more on her blog. Bea Makes Three.

1 comment:

Wired - Workshop 5 said...

During a recent visit the the vet, I noticed a flyer hanging on the bulletin board warning pet parents about the dangers of flying with your pets. It warned against the cargo situation as well as sedating your pets for the trip. This is such a sad story and it disheartening to know that the owners were treated terribly. I am now more aware of the dangers of flying with dogs. I am taking a vow to never put my two Yorkies in this type of situation. It is not worth the risk!