The animal probably died from a lack of oxygen somewhere in the nearly 11-hour flight.
An airline passenger’s dog was found dead in the cargo compartment upon arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport, KLM has confirmed to Fox News.
The unnamed passenger, who flew with Air France-KLM from Amsterdam, was said to be “devastated”, according to TMZ. She recovered her dead dog — what allegedly appears to be a husky — out of a warehouse at LAX next Tuesday flight.
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The animal probably died from a lack of oxygen somewhere in the nearly 11-hour flight after the placement in the plane’s cargo area, according to TMZ. However, in a statement by the airline on Fox News, the cause of death cannot be confirmed until after the scheduled necropsy.
A representation of the airline confirmed the incident to Fox News and expressed condolences to the passenger.
“A dog was found dead in the cargo hold of the KL601, after a flight from Amsterdam to Los Angeles on March 19. The owner of the dog has been notified and we express our condolences. In collaboration with the health care provider, in the US, the CDC, the dog was initially examined to ensure there was no obvious threat to the public health. The dog is positioned correctly according to the KLM pet policy. We have to wait on the results of the necropsy to determine the cause of death,” the statement read.
The alleged incident comes nearly a year after a 9-month-old French bulldog was found dead on a United Airlines flight after the supervisor instructed his owner to take him in the overhead bin rather than under the seat.
United claimed the full responsibility for the “tragic accident” and offered to compensate the family. In May, the family’s lawyer confirmed the airline had arranged with the family.
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Fox News’ Michelle Gant and Janine Puhak contributed to this report.