Andrea Suviena and her family are now looking for answers from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines after the tragic death of their pet.
A dog recently passed away onboard a KLM flight due to heatstrokes says reports. The tragic incident took place on July 26, when a 9-month-old French Bulldog was boarded onto flight KL617 to travel from Amsterdam to Boston. According to TMZ, the family's attorney, Evan Oshan, revealed that the pet animal was found lifeless inside the cargo hold of the 8.5-hour flight. The report citing unnamed sources also disclosed how Roger, the bulldog was allegedly deprived of water for 18 hours.
French bulldog called Roger dies from heatstroke in the cargo hold of a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Boston af... https://t.co/yxI1wctiRN— em (@EmilahP) 3 September 2019
Speaking to the outlet, Oshan informed how the family was shipping their six-year-old son's beloved dog back home to Lynn, Massachusetts, near Boston. However, when the kid's grandmother arrived at the airport to pick her dog up, the officials broke the unfortunate news to her. The family then brought the dog to Angell Animal Medical Center in order to perform a necroscopy on the dog and the findings were absolutely heart-wrenching. According to reports, Roger had died due to heat exhaustion and dehydration listing the cause the death as respiratory distress/heat stroke.
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The veterinarian claimed that the dog had gone without water for almost 18 hours. The report further stated, "limited panting in a stressful, hot or humid environment, combined with a lack of water, would have placed Roger at high risk for heatstroke." Speaking to WCVB, Andreea Suviena explained how KLM Royal Dutch Airlines didn't allow her husband to fly along with Roger in the cabin. Therefore, the family was forced to make other arrangements in order to transport the dog to their home. "It was his best friend and he was special because emotionally he needed that pet," said Suviena, the boy's mother.
The family has vowed not to rest until they get answers for their unexpected loss and so they have hired attorney Oshan, who has quite an experience in such cases. According to theDaily Mail, a Central Asian Shepherd was found lifeless when it a cargo hold of a KLM flight from Amsterdam to LA, back in March and Oshan was handling its case. He reportedly confronted the officials at the LAX airline and demanded answers for their negligence, however, Oshan is yet to receive one. Talking about the basic necessities that pets are ought to receive while traveling, he said, "These areas are supposed to be climate controlled, they’re supposed to be pressurized, they’re supposed to be given water. Water - a basic necessity."
Now, KLM's flight policy specifically states that they would not be transporting French bulldogs, among a few other breeds, in the hold or even as cargo. "English and French bulldogs, Boston terriers and pugs may only be transported in the cabin," reads the website. As for traveling in the cabin, travelers are not allowed to bring a cat or a dog weighing more than 17lbs. And as long as the pet is 10 weeks old and has received all required shots, they can travel with their owner. However, the same does not apply for Business class passengers on an intercontinental flight. No matter what the size of the animal is, they are not allowed in the cabin area "because there is no space for your pet under the seat in front of you."
As per there website, every cat and dog travelers weighing between 17lbs and 165.3lbs are limited to the cargo hold, where they are kept in "fiberglass or rigid plastic shell" containers that are 'fastened by bolts' approved by the International Air Transport Association. The IATA requires owners to provide a kennel which is big enough for the pet "to stand up without touching the top, to be able to turn around easily and to lie down in a natural position." It must also contain, "a blanket, newspaper, or other absorbent material on the floor," along with "2 fixed food bowls, or 1 fixed food bowl with 2 compartments for food and water."
Despite such strict measures taken by the flight, how come the number of incidents of such deaths has increased? Just last year a bulldog pup passed away on a domestic United Airlines flight after the owner was forced to place the dog in the overhead bin by a crew member. And back in April 2007, Simon, a giant rabbit did not survive a United flight between London and Chicago when he was kept in the cargo, according to Daily Mail.