Anyone that reads the papers, online news or any type of news is aware that North Carolina is a hotbed of puppy mills.
Areas of the Triad including Greensboro have had many puppy mills discovered and a number of them closed over recent years.
Puppy mills, growing tired of the attempt to shut their business down, have moved on to the vast World Wide Web to market their damaged goods.
Awful to calling sweet adorable puppies damaged goods, but that is what the puppy mills have done to them.
On August 3rd, 2010, seven of fourteen puppies died from what is believed to be heat related issues while being transported in the cargo hold of an American Airlines plane.
It is thought they were on their way to pet store(s) or unsuspecting homes who thought they were getting pups from qualified breeders.
The puppies were found lethargic after being removed from the plane in Chicago. Some were heading to different connecting flights leading to the belief they were from puppy mills.
American Airlines refused to identify the shipper or if they had problems like this before.
According to Change.org, the American Airlines website says “Pets cannot be accepted when the current or forecasted temperature is above 85 degrees.” Doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of room for interpretation there, but the airlines loaded up these puppies on a hot summer day. The temperature was 86 degrees on the tarmac before they took off.
The puppies were rushed to a veterinarian office where five died immediately and two died later. An airline spokesman indicated a puppy has to be at least 8 weeks to fly. She did not know the breed(s) of the pups.
The Humane Society of the United States website statement includes: The suffering that these animals may have endured before they died is difficult to imagine. These defenseless puppies may have been trapped inside a sweltering cargo hold while the airliner waited for a storm to pass, which is a common occurrence in the summer.
Also from Change.org, The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Legal Defense Fund both called on the federal government’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to launch its own investigation. In their letter to government officials, ALDF references a similar incident in 1994 where 32 puppies died after a delayed flight and Delta Airlines was found to be in violation of the Animal Welfare Act for failure to provide “humane transportation.”
For those of you that find this sad or appalling or both please visit PETA’s Memorial Page for the puppies that died. You can leave a comment sharing your sadness and make a donation if you would like to help PETA continue helping the animals they can.
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