February 2012 - injury #2

Flight: 203 (Puerto Vallarta, MX to Seattle, WA) Date of incident: February 14, 2012 Time of incident: Approximately 7:50 P.M. PT Description of animal (including name): A 7-month-old yellow lab, male dog. Narrative description of incident: Upon arrival at Seattle, the pet owner noticed that her yellow lab, was limping. No damage to the kennel was present; however the Seattle Baggage Supervisor suggested that she take the dog to visit a veterinarian to ensure that no injury was present and that Alaska Airlines would reimburse her for those costs. After an X-ray, MRI and exam, the dog will go to physical therapy for 2 to 3 weeks, for left hind limb monoparesis. Narrative description of the cause of the incident: A dog arriving in Seattle was limping. No damage to the exterior of kennel was present. There is no evidence to suggest that the airline’s handling contributed to the animal’s injuries. Narrative description of any corrective action taken in response to the incident: No action required and no photographs available


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