A woman is mourning the loss of her dog, who she says died on a Southwest Airlines flight after she was prevented from taking him out of his carrier. Courtney Cipar’s French bulldog, Charlie, died on December 21 reports TMZ. Cipar claims that her dog was having problems breathing, but when she tried to remove him from his carrier, an airline crew member refused to let her, allegedly even threatening to “turn the plane around” if she didn’t comply.
Charlie could be heard struggling to breathe, and his owner said that she told the crew that he would die if she couldn’t help him, but they allegedly held firm and would not let her remove him from his carrier. Though a necropsy has not been performed, Cipar believes that her dog overheated inside of the carrier, causing his death.
Charlie’s owner has retained a lawyer to sue the airline for “pain and suffering,” and she wants the attendant who refused to let her remove the dog from his carrier fired. A spokesperson for the airline told TMZ:
“We are disheartened to learn about the passing of this Customer’s pet and have been in contact with her to learn more. Tens of thousands of Customers travel with cats and dogs every month on Southwest. While onboard the aircraft, pets must remain in their well-ventilated carriers at all times for the comfort and safety of fellow Customers.”
(Screenshot of Charlie via TMZ screenshot)
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