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Airline pet ban leaves dog stranded in Indiana

Posted Jun 4, 2014 by Megan Hamilton
A Canadian woman was forced to leave her dog stranded in Indianapolis because Delta airlines wouldn't allow her pet on the return flight.
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In early March, Shirley Naf flew to Indiana with her dog, Ryder. She shelled out $1,000 for her round-trip flight and $200 for Ryder to travel in the cargo hold. She filled out the usual reams of paperwork, made sure her dog had the required shots and the correct carrying kennel.
The flight from Vancouver to the U.S. went without a hitch. However, when she went to the airport last week to make her way home, Delta agents told her that Ryder wouldn’t be allowed on the flight, according to CBC News British Columbia.
“They said you cannot take your dog back, and I go ‘Why?’ and she says, ‘Because we have a pet embargo between May 15 and September the15th,” Naf told the CBC.
The website for Delta Airlines says that the airline doesn’t carry pets in the summer because temperatures in the cargo hold can become too hot for them.
“Delta has placed an embargo (a stoppage) on accepting pets as checked bags during hot weather. Extreme heat (85F or 29C) during the summer months can put animals in a life-threatening situation on board our aircraft. The embargo is in the best interest of the pet,” the website states.
Naf said no one told her about the policy.
“At the time that I booked the flight, nothing was said about a pet embargo, that I couldn’t stay longer than May the 15th,” she told the CBC News. Naf added that she asked the agent why she wasn’t told while she was booking the flight, but the agent reportedly said that her travel agent was to blame.
“I talked to my travel agent,” Naf said. “She said she never knew anything about it.”
When contacted by CBC News, a spokeswoman for Delta said a message had been left with Naf to try to find a solution.
However, in the meantime, Ryder is in the care of an Indianapolis kennel, at a cost of $35 a day, and Naf says she misses her Rhodesian ridgeback-Labrador retriever pooch.
“I’ve been raising him, he’s my companion. I have nobody else in my life, besides my dog,” she said.
Airlines began banning brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs and cats after four bulldogs died on an American Airlines flight during a three-month period in 2010, The New York Times reports.
From June 2005 to June 2011, 189 animals died on commercial flights from June 2005 to June 2011. More than half of these animals were brachycephalic breeds, according to the Times.
Temperatures in cargo holds can become very hot, and brachycephalic breeds — including Persian and Himalayan cats — have small nasal openings and elongated soft palates on the roofs of their mouths, and this makes breathing more difficult. Breathing problems can become even worse in stressful situations like air travel, and the problems can easily become exacerbated in high temperatures, the Times reports.
Pet owners who wish to travel with their pets can access websites that list airline rules and regulations regarding traveling with a companion animal.