As pet deaths continue, airlines pressured to change their ways
- Horror stories about pets flying in the cargo hold tend to travel quickly. Jack the cat made news last year when he escaped his crate and spent 61 days lost in JFK airport, and model Maggie Rizerâ€™s September blog post about her golden retrieverâ€™s death during a United Airlines flight still has pet owners buzzing. Jack escaped when an American Airlines clerk stacked his kennel on another kennel and it fell, opening on impact. The cat had to be euthanized because of malnourishment and dehydration, which made him prone to severe infection and organ dysfunction. On her â€śBea Makes Threeâ€ť blog, Rizer says she followed detailed instructions outlined in Unitedâ€™s PetSafe program. Her dogs, Bea and Albert, traveled in carefully labeled crates that included water bowls filled with ice for their cross-country flight to San Francisco. But, according to Rizer, a necropsy report revealed that Bea died of heatstroke.