Delta Airlines May Face Criminal Charges After 8-Year-Old Pomeranian Dies On Flight To Newark

Date June 6, 2018 16:24

Between 2015 and 2017, a total of 151 animal-related incidents have been recorded on airlines in America. Of the number, 85 have been deaths, 62 have been injuries, and 4 animals have been lost. While the number may seem alarming, it is necessary to consider that about 1.57 million animals are transported by airlines every year.

Sadly, another animal death has been recorded, this time of an 8-year-old Pomeranian named Alejandro. The dog was on a Delta Airlines flight from Phoenix to Newark and travelled in a kennel inside the plan cargo hold.

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The owner’s attorney Evan Oshan says officials on the plane checked the dog by 6 am during a stop at Detroit, and it was fine. However, another check at 8 am revealed that the dog was dead.

The dog’s owner, Michael Dellegrazie, says that his family is determined to find out why the dog died on the flight. There have been suggestions of improper handling, but the owners are yet to determine the next course of action until a necropsy is performed.

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This is not the first time Oshan is dealing with such a case. Earlier in March, he represented another family whose French bulldog died on a United Airlines flight.

Dellegrazie says he was filled with "very strong feelings of pain, anger and disgust" when he received his pet's belongings that were quite wet, and he suspects there may be foul play on the part of the airline.

It was at that point that I stopped the retrieval of the items and called for a criminal investigation. The area was completely taped off, and some of the items were marked, and some of those are with the Detroit Police Department.

Delta Airlines in statement said it is conducting a thorough investigation into the case to identify reasons for the dog’s death in hopes of preventing future occurrences. Some commentators on Twitter see no fault in the airline and blame pet owners.

Transporting pets can be an uphill task, but Dr. Camille DeClementi, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital, says that some measures can be taken to ensure that trips are safe. Pet owners should contact their vets to determine if animals will need anti-nausea meds or sedatives

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