An Oregon woman is devastated after the loss of her beloved dog, “Jacob,” and she is blaming an airline for his death. According to Saturday’s Click On Detroit News, Kathleen Considine’s golden retriever was supposed to fly via United Airlines from Detroit, to Portland, with a relatively short one hour layover in Chicago.
Things went awry when United Airlines decided that the retriever was too big to fit on the plane which was bound for Portland, so the dog was kenneled overnight in Chicago. In a Facebook post, Considine explained:
When Jacob landed in Chicago, it was found that the airline agent LIED and he did not fit on the plane to Portland. He was then sent to a kennel over night, 20 HOURS, until the next flight out he could fit on.
The airline DID NOT ALLOW my mother to send food with Jacob, due to the intended short duration of his journey, even though it is mandated that the crates have a food bowl and their website states they may have a zip lock bag less than 1 pound of food attached to the top of their crate.
By the time that Jacob made it to Oregon, he was “disoriented and non-responsive.” According to Considine, someone with the airline told her that Jacob may have been given a medication, in explanation from his disoriented condition. Considine wrote, “After rushing Jacob to the emergency vet when his breathing became scarce, he was pronounced dead after 8 min of CPR. His stomach flipped due to the stress of his journey that was 20 hours longer than expected, and suffocated his organs.”
Considine has stated that United Airlines has taken to responsible for the death of her dog and now, she is hoping to spread the word that dogs should not be transported by the airline. On her Facebook post, she wrote, “My heart is broken and I never want this to happen to another dog parent.”
Considine has stated that her dog underwent a physical the day before he flew – he was only seven years of age and healthy.
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