May 2012 - death

Flight: 894 (Kona, HI to San Jose, CA) Date of incident: May 8, 2012 Time of incident: Approximately 9:10 P.M. Description of animal (including name): a two year old male, pit-bull Narrative description of incident: Upon the flight arrival in San Jose, CA ramp agents found the two year old male, pit-bull, deceased in his kennel. Airline personnel immediately notified the pet owner and brought him down to the ramp area. The Alaska Airlines Supervisor asked the pet owner if he wanted to take his dog to the veterinary hospital and he refused her offer and walked away. The pet owner was then escorted to the non-sterile area; the Alaska Supervisor then took the pit-bull to the emergency clinic and was in contact with the pet owner and the clinic during the next several days. Narrative description of the cause of the incident: a two year old male, pit-bull, was inside a kennel passed away sometime during the flight. 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 and no photographs available


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