French bulldog puppy on international flight left with no water died

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A French bulldog puppy named Roger died on an international flight from Amsterdam to Boston after allegedly left without water for 18 hours. The owners of the dog were denied bringing their pet into the cabin on the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight.

According to WcvpNews,  Roger’s owners then contacted an agency to arrange transport for a their nine-month-old puppy. On the website of KLM’s regulations, dog breeds such as Roger are not permitted to fly in the holding area.

“Snub-nosed animals such as boxers, Pekinese and Persian cats can have trouble breathing during the flight, due to high temperatures and stress. To ensure their well-being, most snub-nosed animals, may not be transported in the hold. However, they may be transported in the cabin or as cargo. English and French bulldogs, Boston terriers and pugs may only be transported in the cabin.”

The airlines are currently reviewing the circumstances leading to Roger’s death. A necropsy concluded that the puppy died of heat stroke and had likely been deprived of water for 18 hours. The USDA is also investigating the dog’s death.

The couple’s six-year-old son knows Roger is “up in the sky and he will take care of him,” stated the dog’s owner, Andreea Suviena. The dog died on July 26.

Rest in peace Roger.

(Photo via Suviena family attorney)

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2 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    It appears to me (“outside observer”) that KLM violated its own published pet transport rules…….

    Poor Roger lost his life due to human stupidity……. just can’t fix stupid…….
    Whoever did this to this innocent furbaby has a reserved spot in Hell waiting for them where they will burn forever for their cruelty………..

    Precious treasure Roger, your life mattered. I hope you get justice. I absolutely know that you are in Heaven. Please look for MacKitty and join his wonderful snuggle buddies group and RIP amongst loving friends………..

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Someone dropped the ball on this one. I would be suing the airlines. This poor pup should have been in the cabin with the owners and I bet Roger would be alive today. Shame on the airlines! There is NO excuse for this.


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