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.

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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