They were among 15 puppies being transported on Flight 851 that left Tulsa at
Contrary to earlier reports, airline officials have determined that all the puppies were alive when they arrived in
Two of the puppies died either on their way to a
veterinarian or once there, Fagan said. “I do know people were trying
to cool them off. The animals looked lethargic,” she said.
Fagan said some of the puppies were bound for destinations outside the
“We’re going to figure out what happened. We’ve been
transporting animals safely for 50 years. We do not want this happening
again,” Fagan said.
Animals are placed last when baggage goes onto an aircraft and are the first off, Fagan said.
Deaths of animals in flight are rare. Between
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