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Maggie Rizer's Dog Dies on Airplane

Will the Sad News About Maggie Rizer's Pup Make You Nervous to Fly?

It's every traveling pet owner's worst fear: handing over your best friend to the airlines and learning on the other end of your journey that the worst has happened. Model Maggie Rizer, her husband, and her young son took every precaution when preparing for their flight from New York City to San Francisco, getting 2-year-old Golden Retriever Bea a physical exam, obtaining the proper carrier recommended by the airline, and providing plenty of cold water. But upon reaching the cargo terminal on the West Coast, they were nonchalantly informed by United Airlines staff that Bea had died on the flight. A necropsy later informed the grief-stricken pet parents that the four-legged member of their family had suffered heat stroke.

Rizer's tragic story is certainly not the first incident of a pet death's in the skies. But it's yet another reminder that — regardless of how much we prepare our furry loved ones — we are putting great trust in the airlines to care for our pets while we aren't there to supervise. So we're curious:

Shawn3187714 Shawn3187714 5 years
I would NEVER allow my pets to fly in the cargo hold.  I have heard too many horror stories about them dying.  It is not a good place for pets, Pets should be allowed to fly inside the cabin, they are living, breathing creatures.  The worst story I heard, regarding denying a pet to fly in the cabin, was just a couple of weeks ago, when DELTA AIRLINES, refused to allow a retired MILITARY HERO DOG to fly in the cabin with his handler.  Fortunately Southwest Airlines came through, gave them a 3 row seat section all to themselves, the Pilot came on, announce they were flying a celebrity on board & the entire plane erupted into applause!!!  There have also been horrible stories reported recently regarding people being mistreated with their service dogs by airlines employees!
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