August 2011 - death

Flight:                          163 (Sitka, AK to Anchorage, AK)
Date of incident:          August 20, 2011
Time of incident:         Approximately 2:00 P.M. Alaska Time
Description of animal (including name): A two-year-old, male Boxer.
Narrative description of incident: A passenger was shipping his sick dog, to the Pet Hospital in Anchorage. Upon opening the cargo door the Anchorage ramp agents discovered the deceased dog inside its kennel. The passenger was contacted and a representative from Pet Emergency picked up the dog’s remains.
Narrative description of the cause of the incident: A two-year-old, male boxer passed away sometime during the flight from Sitka, Alaska to Anchorage, Alaska. The pet was sick and being transported to the Animal Hospital for possible rat poisoning treatment. There is no evidence to suggest that the airline’s handling contributed to the animal’s death.  
Narrative description of any corrective action taken in response to the incident:
No action required.


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