Airline Pet Deaths Increase in 2010

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US domestic airlines reported 39 pet deaths, 12 injuries, and 5 lost pets during 2010.

The number of pet deaths reported by domestic US airline carriers in 2010 increased to 39, rising from 23 in 2009. The vast majority of the deaths (70%) involved brachycephalic, or short-nosed dogs such as Bulldogs and Pugs.

In addition to the 39 pets deaths in 2010, there were 12 reports of injuries and 5 pets that were lost. Most of the injuries were caused by pets trying to escape their kennels.

The biggest step travelers can take to help ensure their pet arrives safely is to makes sure the kennel is solid and to secure the doors and frame with zip ties. Several of the deaths in 2010 happened after pets escaped their kennels and were later hit by cars.

For more information and details on all the pet related airline travel incidents visit http://www.petflight.com.

A summary of all pet incidents for 2010 can be found at http://www.petflight.com/pet_travel_incident_summaries/2010.

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