WAN has learned that yet another beloved pet has lost its life while in the care of United Airlines.
Tragically, according to the Associated Press, this time a five-year-old King Charles spaniel named Lulu died in the cargo hold of a flight from Houston to San Francisco that was delayed on the tarmac for nearly two hours.
As reported by WAN in April of this year, Simon, a ten-month-old 3ft continental giant rabbit, also died in the cargo hold from Heathrow Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
As in the headline-making case of Simon, who was found to be “fit as a fiddle” to travel by a vet hours prior to the flight, Lulu’s family noted on Facebook that she had also been cleared to fly by a veterinarian before they dropped her and their other dog off at animal cargo at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The four-hour flight on Sunday was delayed due to weather conditions and, as of now, it is not certain if the dogs remained in cargo the entire time.
“We are still waiting for answers,” the Rasmussen family of Huston posted on Facebook. “There were significant problems with the air conditioning in the main cabin where we are sitting, so we are deeply concerned about the conditions in cargo … and worried that there was significant negligence on the part of #UnitedAirlines.”
Fortunately, Ginger, Lulu’s canine sibling, did not suffer the same fate as her and was reportedly released to the Rasmussen family.
In a painfully familiar statement, United Airlines claimed that it is conducting a thorough review of the incident.
“We are so sorry to learn of Lulu’s passing and have reached out to our customer to offer our condolences and assistance. We are deeply upset any time an animal suffers an injury while traveling with us and especially grieved in the rare instance that one passes away.”
As per an article in the Daily Mail, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that 35 animals died in air transit in 2015 and sadly, the number of fatalities continues to grow.
While that number reflected the total loss from all of the country’s 17 main carriers, nine of the deaths at that time had occurred on United Airlines; the most of any airlines.
WAN is deeply saddened by Lulu’s passing and the suffering she must have endured as she struggled to fight for her life.
How many more innocent animals must die before they are treated like the sentient beings they are rather than luggage stuffed in cargo?
R.I.P. sweet Lulu. May your senselessly sad demise be the last of its kind.
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