A Florida family says that their dog, Megan, somehow broke her neck when she was traveling in the cargo hold of a Continental Airlines plane.
The family was traveling from Alaska to Orlando, Florida and they were told that Megan, a seven-and-a-half-year-old miniature pinscher, was too big to ride inside the cabin of the plane. The family agreed to ship Megan in the cargo hold of the plane for the 11 hour flight.
When the family finally got back to their home in Florida, they noticed that Megan was not her normal shelf. She wasn’t eating, drinking and was walking very slowly.
Megan was taken to the vet and X-rays showed that her neck was broken.
“The vet told us that the only way that something like that would happen to a dog of her size in this kind of situation is that they tossed her kennel, threw her kennel, or the kennel rolled numerous times while she was in it,” the family said.
Because of the severity of Megan’s injuries and her health getting worse, the family had Megan euthanized two weeks later.
The family contacted Continental Airlines in regards to the incident. They waited several weeks for a response and were shocked that the company didn’t contact them.
After repeated attempts by the family and a local news team, Continental released a statement in regards to the incident:
“Megan’s medical issues were not the result of mishandling on Continental’s part. Apparently, the dog had a pre-existing condition involving the vertebrae, and perhaps this condition was aggravated by travel. There is absolutely nothing to suggest that the pet’s problems were the result of any mishandling by the airline.”
The family said Megan was perfectly healthy before her flight, and that their vet took x-rays and did not see any signs of a pre-existing condition. The vet from Continental Airlines disagrees.
Source: My Fox Tampa Bay