An 11Alive investigation has uncovered airline pet injuries, deaths and losses are on the rise. While the number of incidents are small in comparison to total animals transported by airlines, hundreds of pets have fallen victim over the past decade.
2015 set a record with 35 deaths, 25 injuries and three pets that simply vanished while under the care of airlines.
“So, it seems likely that the increase in the numbers for 2015 only reflects better reporting by the airlines. It doesn’t actually reflect that there are an actual number of problems for transportation,” said Silversmith.
Some breeds don’t fly as well as others. Flat-faced dogs, like pugs, often have a difficult time breathing.
Airlines require all pets to obtain a clean bill of health within 10 days of flying. The Atlanta Humane Society recommends a full physical with blood work to help identify unknown illnesses before taking off.
2016 pet incidents appear to be down compared to last year, but the exact figures won’t be readily available until February or later.