Bad health led to dog deaths on plane -airline

NEW YORK, Aug 17 (BestGrowthStock) – The health of seven dogs that
died on an American Airlines flight this month may have been
“compromised” before take-off, the airline said on Tuesday.

Autopsy results suggest high temperatures may have played a
role in the deaths, the company said, adding that the results
were “inconclusive.”

American added that 17 other dogs on the flight have not
shown signs of health problems.

“Since we have no reports that any of those other 17 dogs
experienced health issues during shipping or thereafter, we
believe the health of the seven dogs that died may have been
compromised prior to them being transported,” American Airlines
spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said in an e-mail.

American Airlines is a unit of AMR Corp (AMR.N: ).

The dogs died after an August 3 flight from Tulsa to
Chicago that was scheduled to depart at 6:30 a.m., but was
delayed by one hour. [ID:nN04265406]

The airline says on its website that “pets cannot be
accepted when the current or forecasted temperature is above 85
degrees Fahrenheit at any location on the itinerary.”

The temperature in Tulsa around 7 a.m. on August 3 was 86
degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius).

The dogs that died were part of one shipment with seven
other dogs. Ten other dogs were part of different shipments on
the same flight.

The dead dogs belonged to the same owner, as did other dogs
on the flight, the airline said.
(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman. Editing by Robert MacMillan)

Bad health led to dog deaths on plane -airline