Va. woman says United Airlines nearly killed her dog

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    Nov 30, 2013 3:00 AM GMT
    http://www.wtop.com/1305/3514927/Va-woman-says-airline-nearly-killed-dog

    A United Airlines flyer is going public after paying nearly $700 for a special pet safety flying program and arriving at her destination to find her dog in full heat stroke, soaked in blood and defecating and urinating blood.

    Janet Sinclair, of Arlington, Va., tells WTOP she chose United Airlines Pet Safe Program for her greyhound, Sedona, and cat, Alika, when she moved from San Diego to Boston over the summer. The program promised the pets would not be in temperatures exceeding 85 degrees or lower than 45 degrees for more than 45 minutes, and that during a 3-hour layover in Houston, the pets would be taken off the plane and kept in an air-conditioned van.

    However, while on layover, Sinclair saw out her plane window as the dog's crate was removed and held on Houston's 96 degree tarmac and the dog's handler kicked the crate six times. She filmed the assault.

    Sedona survived the 15-hour ordeal, but required three days in a veterinary ICU, which cost $2,700. The airline offered to pay for her veterinary bills if she signed a non-disclosure agreement to not share her story. She declined. United didn't pay.
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    Sinclair's experience is not unique. She has created a Facebook page to raise awareness for her story and offer a place where others can share their stories.
    https://www.facebook.com/UnitedAirlinesAlmostKilledMyGreyhound
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    Nov 30, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    "Sedona survived the 15-hour ordeal, but required three days in a veterinary ICU, which cost $2,700. The airline offered to pay for her veterinary bills if she signed a non-disclosure agreement to not share her story. She declined. United didn't pay."

    Anybody else think United shouldn't be able to dictate the terms for covering the dog's medical bills?
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    Nov 30, 2013 4:43 PM GMT
    No one should fly a pet in an airline cargo hold today - the mal-treatment of pets as cargo is common, and all the airlines do it. It is just Russian roulette as to whether one's pet makes it through a flight safely or not.
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    Dec 02, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    HikerSkier saidNo one should fly a pet in an airline cargo hold today - the mal-treatment of pets as cargo is common, and all the airlines do it. It is just Russian roulette as to whether one's pet makes it through a flight safely or not.


    Agreed x 100%! No human being would fly in the cargo space with luggage so why would anyone subject their pets to be in the same situation?
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    Dec 03, 2013 4:20 AM GMT
    Wait.....so this woman watched a dude kick her dog's crate SIX TIMES and just sat there and filmed it? Fuck that shit! I'd be off that plane and ripping someone's head off. On second thought, no I wouldn't, because I would never put my dog in cargo. My dogs are not "cargo" and would never be flying with the luggage in the first place. That has to be hell for a dog to be in there with all that noise from the engines and bumping around. No way in hell would I allow my dog to be in there.
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    Dec 03, 2013 4:41 AM GMT
    Both my dogs were long distance adoptions, flown in crates on major airlines to Newark Airport.

    When I peeked through the crate bars at the first, the 7 month old white male, he was shaking, shivering, tear-stained and covered in his own vomit - pathetic. He rebounded by evening but hated car rides since they made him nauseous.

    Months later the second dog, the 3 month old black female, is looking at me through her crate bars, just sort of arched her brow at me through the bars with a "So? And you're...?" expression. She was not only completely unphased but seemed bored with it all. My otherwise alpha male totally doted on her from the moment he saw her on the hourlong car ride home. Afterwards, once she led by example leaping into the backseat ahead of him and enjoying the ride, he now races her to the car and hasn't hurled since! He still dotes on her and since she was a quarter his size she's been the boss of him.

    Point is, I flew them when I had to - I wasn't driving to northern Arizona - but despite their different temperaments and/or experiences I'll never have them crate flown again if I can help it. And as you can see from this pic, it's been largely nothing but wide open spaces for them ever since:

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    And here during a late night drive he's using her as a pillow:

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    Dec 11, 2013 6:10 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidBoth my dogs were long distance adoptions, flown in crates on major airlines to Newark Airport.

    When I peeked through the crate bars at the first, the 7 month old white male, he was shaking, shivering, tear-stained and covered in his own vomit - pathetic. He rebounded by evening but hated car rides since they made him nauseous.



    Just curious....why did you have to have dogs flown in?
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    Dec 12, 2013 3:33 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidJust curious....why did you have to have dogs flown in?

    I was in the middle of chemo so I certainly wasn't driving from Manhattan to Arizona - Newark Airport was my limit.

    The cost of a flight (not to mention the cost of each dog) compared to the cost of raising any dog was inconsequential.

    The dogs were a gift, never my idea, neither my choice, and flying in dogs I'd never met from a reputable agency that often flew dogs worked out well for me because I'm not the type who could choose. I mean, by what criteria? The dog that comes right up to you and steals your heart or the timid one in the corner who breaks it? From a pet store because you like the color of its coat or from a shelter so you could choose which one lives? We all knew how that worked out for Meryl Streep in "Sophie's Choice" but I'd be more like "Ralph" in that "Honeymooner's" episode where he wound up with...well, view this clip from 23:55 sec onward, that'd be me:



    Don't feel too bad for my dogs; I'm worth the trip.
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    Dec 13, 2013 4:18 AM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidJust curious....why did you have to have dogs flown in?

    I was in the middle of chemo so I certainly wasn't driving from Manhattan to Arizona - Newark Airport was my limit.

    The cost of a flight (not to mention the cost of each dog) compared to the cost of raising any dog was inconsequential.

    The dogs were a gift, never my idea, neither my choice, and flying in dogs I'd never met from a reputable agency that often flew dogs worked out well for me because I'm not the type who could choose. I mean, by what criteria? The dog that comes right up to you and steals your heart or the timid one in the corner who breaks it? From a pet store because you like the color of its coat or from a shelter so you could choose which one lives? We all knew how that worked out for Meryl Streep in "Sophie's Choice" but I'd be more like "Ralph" in that "Honeymooner's" episode where he wound up with...well, view this clip from 23:55 sec onward, that'd be me:



    Don't feel too bad for my dogs; I'm worth the trip.



    They look like they have a good life.