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Kitten death on Delta -- Important Please Read

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  1. doriansmomma

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    Her breeder did all she could, In her crate, she had a fleece sleeping bag, heat packs & she was wearing a sweater. BUT, she was not in the sleeping bag when they brought her to me, she was sprawled across the very front of the carrier horizontally. Right in front of the opening to the carrier, I assume it's because she was so cold & was trying to get out. :Cry:
     

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    :Cry::Cry::Cry: I am so sorry. My heart breaks for you.
    I just can't imagine. I think Delta needs to anwser for this.I know
    no matter what it WILL NOT replace your baby, but, an example
    needs to be made out of them, and also if they ever have a animal flying with them
    again, maybe JUST MAYBE, this will wake them up!!!!!
    They should have been there waiting and ready to get her as soon as
    the plane landed and the cargo could be opened up!!!!!!
    This breaks my heart and makes me mad. I will spread the word to.
    Every where I can. My prayer's are with you and your family.
    GOD is the only one that can help us through any thing. Please keep us updated
    on this situation with Delta and how you are doing. May GOD comfort
    and strengthen you.
     
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      How tragic !I am SO sorry.
       
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        Heat packs and sweaters can only do so much, unfortunately. The sweaters- I have used when shipping- but then again, I have worried that without supervision, a kitten could get entangled with a sweater in a crate trying to get it off and harm themselves. The heaters- they legally shouldn't be allowed in the crate- because of all of the rules (ie the only thing that should be in the crate is the kitten and bedding- some shippers will even throw a fit about toys!).

        My Mom said they unpacked three planes before bringing Aidan to her and Delta uses those open flat-bed trucks to bring cargo from the plane to the cargo hold out here- I cannot imagine it being different elsewhere. At the point when they realized a living being was in that cargo hold- they should have had a heated van waiting for the pets to be pulled off. Even furry animals can have a hard time with extreme cold (or heat) and babies have it the hardest- even at 10-12 weeks, they are not perfect at regulating their temperature (just like human babies and kids- it takes a while for one's system to really get used to regulating itself).

        I will work on a site for you- have no worries. Can you email me the picture? I am also planning on posting the site to my Mom's site to explain why she will no longer ship in the winter nor through Delta.
         
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          Oh Doriansmomma, what a horrible thing. My heart aches for your family, Snickers, and your breeder.

          I agree with you 100%, publicize this. People need to know that their beloved pets aren't toasty warm in winter even if the airlines want us to believe otherwise. Please give me the link when your site is done. I want everyone I know to read it.

          Also, I'd like to warn people that the same thing is true of hot weather. Heat is just as dangerous as cold.

          I'm so very sorry, I can't imagine how terrible you feel.
           
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            Sorry about the kitten.
             
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              If so many pets have lost their lives from being in "cargo" or cargo flights,then a policy should be made that NO animals should travel this way. They should have travelled with people. Noone would ship their child this way, then no animal should be shipped the same.
               
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                I'm so sorry for your loss..RIP little one....
                 
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                Oh this just breaks my heart! I am so sorry for your loss. Delta was certainly negligent in this case. Wow - this is just so horrible. Hugs and prayers for all in your household.
                 
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                    Can you call the news and write the Ceo of Delta?
                    I cried for your kitten also.




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                      I am sorry for your loss:Cry: I have children and can't imagine what heartbreak this has caused. Thank you for passing on this information- hopefully all breeders and buyers will learn from this and it can be prevented. Delta should pay for this tragedy and implement a new rule about their pet shipments. Once again I'm very sorry about Snickers- may she rest in peace.
                       
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                        :Cry::Cry::Sad: I just read this story on facebook, and now here. Words cannot express the pain I am sure you are feeling. I am so, so sorry for your loss of little Snickers. I hope Delta contacts you and at least apologizes for this tragedy.

                        Please know I am sending thoughts to you and your family. <3
                         
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                          I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through. this made me so incredibly sad. My thoughts are with you and your family.

                          You must go public with this for the sake of pets in the future. this was so negligent i really can't imagine they could be so stupid.

                          If you need any help let me know.
                           
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                            If you need any help let me know.
                            I posted your story on fb and some sphynx sites.




                             
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                              I am so sorry for the loss of your kitten! I have used Delta 3 times to receive animals to Alabama, from Florida & from Utah, with no problem. They actually went out of their way to make sure we were en route to the airport, & they called us again when the plane landed, etc. All 3 pets flew in rather temperate weather conditions. I guess if it is too hot or too cold for us, it will be too hot/cold to ship animals! I order tropical fish online, & it is actually easier to send them in warm weather with warm packs than it is to send them in colder weather. Make sure Delta addresses your issue!!! Delta has been getting alot of bad press due to incidents like this - there must be other airlines that have these things happen. Again, I am so sorry for your kitten!:Cry:
                               
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                                I just really want to thank everyone for their support & all of the kind words. Although I am still incredibly sad, anger has officially kicked in. I am just so sickened. I am so mad, this was murder, it was murder because they knew the temperature, knew the cargo hold was no longer climate controlled, they knew she was a hairless kitten & susceptible to the cold, yet they still let her suffer for almost 50 minutes.

                                After reading all of the posts from you guys, I sent the story to everyone I could on my facebook friends list, I emailed 3 local news stations, I emailed PETA, The CFA, I sent it to all of my family & friends, I emailed Tia from the Animal Planet show Pitbulls & Parolees, heck, anyone I could possibly think of & even put a post on Craigslist. SO THANK YOU! You gave me the nudge I needed to not sit back & let airlines kill peoples pets.

                                The more people know about this, I pray they will second guess a cargo placement for their pet. At least they will know the truth when making that decision, that it's risky & animals die from the elements.

                                For the $300 I paid, I could have taken a flight to Utah & brought her back under my seat, if I had known what I know now, that is exactly what I would have done. I will let everyone know how it goes with Delta, but after they told me the investigation is being handled by the same person who handles lost luggage, I am not hopeful they take this seriously at all. I think it happens more then any of us know & it is just a part of transporting animals & its lucrative so they don't want people to know the truth. For the same amount of money as a seat in the heat on a plane, they can throw a small carrier with luggage. It's good for their bottom line is what it is, not for the poor animals who can't escape.

                                So thank you again, In loving memory of Snickers: [​IMG]
                                 
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                                  Peta is very bad I would not have emailed them.
                                  If it was up to them there would be no sphynx cats.
                                  You can email TICA and you can add me to fb.
                                  I will help you anyway I can.
                                  I think I know your breeder in person.
                                   
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                                    OMG... what a horribly sad story. i can't even imagine how you must be feeling. this story just breaks my heart :( i'm so sorry to hear you and your family having to go through this. It's sad that Delta dismissed the incident.. hopefully you can find better answers from the cargo president.
                                    truly, my thoughts are going out to your and your family. What an awful memory your children will have. it's sad people don't cherish sweet animal lives as much as they should... :(
                                    **hugs** lots of hugs coming your way **hugs**
                                     
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                                      I'm so sorry:Cry::Cry: My stomach is just lurching from reading your post. Poor sweet little Snickers :Cry: I cannot imagine the devastation and anger you and your family must be going through. I'm glad that you're taking this tragedy and using it to educate others. I, for one, would have assumed that climate-controlled meant climate-controlled, not climate-controlled EXCEPT when the plane is not in motion. It just pisses me off to no end to be deceived like that! I feel the airlines should have an obligation to let you know that if you're shipping live animals!!

                                      I will be sure to let everyone I know about this. Snickers death will not be in vain! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you out!! {hugs}
                                       
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                                        My Wrinkles was lost by a airline for almost 3 hours in Sept 2009.
                                        I posted her story on here when it happened.
                                        I bet she would be dead also if it had been a cold day.
                                        I feel guilty you lost your kitten and Wrinkles was ok.
                                        The airline did not give a f555 when we filed a complaint.
                                        They never called us back.




                                         
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                                        Yup, the claims supervisor is the person who handles your complaint when they lose your luggage! Can you believe that? They don't have an animal welfare department? Or someone who makes sure the babies on flights are safe? Maybe I am ignorant, but I thought with how large all of these airlines are & how many animals fly they would have a checks & balances system. Ridiculous.

                                        I emailed PETA because I emailed anyone I could think of that would listen or care, they may not agree with someone's choice in breed, but who in their right mind can claim to be interested in animal welfare if you don't actually care about ALL animals welfare. I could be wrong again on that one, seems to be a trend with me in the past couple of days.......
                                         
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                                        You have some replies on my fb.
                                        I am hoping Steve Jackson and Kara Franklin will reply.
                                        They are dj's at our local radio station and Kara also does the news..
                                         
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                                          Thank you SO VERY much. It means more to be then anyone knows. My pets are my family & I feel like I have lost a child. I fell in love with her before she even was ready to ship. Thank you, it makes me feel so much better to know other people care.

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