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HO HUM

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#63
Jan 6, 2010
 
poor little pets.
Kanat TAS

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#64
Jan 6, 2010
 
It's only a mere animal. Get your priorities right!
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Jan 9, 2010
 

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Stop breeding and rescue a dog. By purchasing a dog from a breeder that a lot of times comes from puppy farms, you are putting one to death that is the same exact breed you are looking for. There are rescue groups for every breed. EVERY BREED.
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#66
Jan 9, 2010
 
Did You say 8 week old puppy? No you didn't. That liitle guy is too young to wean much less to show...I don't belive your whole story.
Lori

Lebanon, OR

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#67
Feb 4, 2010
 
RHONDA wrote:
I have used Delta for about a year now. I have not had any problems. Prior to that I used United and Northwest both of which lost puppies or did not put them on the connection flights. I like Delta and will continue using them.
I also had a puppy miss flights and be rerouted horribly with Northwest. They did however, kennel the puppy overnight and payed for EVERYTHING!! but what do we do now that Northwest and Delta are owned and operated by the same people!! Airline employees just need to be more careful.
Lori

Lebanon, OR

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#68
Feb 4, 2010
 
Pal wrote:
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I agree. I am amazed at the smug attitude of those who demand that we all adopt pets from shelters. I think what is better is to be responsible pet owners and spay and neuter pets. I think responsible breeding with limited litters and complete placement of all puppies makes more sense than to try to tell people that they MUST adopt from a shelter. I volunteer at the Humane Society and it is my primary place I donate money. But I purchase a purebred Australian Shepherd about every 12 to 15 years. I want this kind of dog. I don't think I should be excoriated because I do not want a shelter dog. I have had shelter dogs and sorry, I want what I want for my family member. I am fine with adopting my cats from the shelter and I do.
The writer who felt like the shelter people were "nazis" was trying to express how frustrating it is to experience the judgment and sometimes downright hostility of those who demand we adopt pets from shelters. Look at the hostile response from the person in favor of shelters! Man! Can't we agree to disagree and instead focus on RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP, no matter where you choose to get your pet?
How about closing puppy mills, for example? How about needing a license to breed and animal? Responsible breeders work to improve the temperament of their breed and I resent the implication that my purebred Aussie, whose temperment and history I can trace back to 1980, is some inbred idiot.
Shelter dogs, Purebred dogs, we should all work harder on responsible pet ownership, not snotty comments about why those who don't adopt are misled cretins.
Phew. Glad I got that off my chest.
Thank you!
Jim

Grayson, GA

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#69
Feb 5, 2010
 
You people and your pets - if you don't like Delta, don't ship with Delta. "I'll never fly Delta again" - right,'til you can save $2 the next time you need to ship your pet.

Since: Nov 09

Burgin, Kentucky

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#70
Feb 12, 2010
 
LMC wrote:
To whom it may concern
We were having our pure breed Finnish spitz ( show dog ) 8 week old puppy shipped from Portland to Boston. His shipping number is 03355682. Delta claims that there was a paper on his crate with Tampa written on it . By the time they managed to sort out where the crate was to be shipped he missed his flight to Boston. Instead of making it from Portland to Boston in 7 hours. We were now told he would get in at 6 am on Sunday. 17 hours from when he departed. My wife our breeder and I all made frantic phone calls to Delta. I personally spoke to a Tony Ford who after putting me on hold for 30 minutes told me he could not get through to the Salt Lake City location. I asked for his supervisor and spoke to Pat Elliott who would not give me any information about the whereabouts of the puppy. She told me that I could speak to her supervisor Cindy Brown on Monday by calling their 1-800 number. My wife and the breeder finally after over 3 hours of phone calls spoke to some people who knew the whereabouts of the puppy. They would not give their names or other info on how the puppy was doing.
I find this experience in stark contrast to their official policy letter:
Pets As Air Cargo
Delta Pet First is designed to address the special needs of all warm-blooded animals shipped without their owner. The following are some guidelines and benefits for our Delta Pet First customers:
Your pet will travel from origin to destination with the same priority as Delta DASH shipments. See Pet Shipping Rates for more information.
We recommend that you pre-book all arrangements prior to arrival at the origin facility by calling Pet First at 1-888-SEND-PET (888-736-3738).
You will be able to pre-book a maximum of 7 days in advance and a minimum of 1 day of the desired flight.
We have temperature-controlled Live Animal holding areas in our four hub cities: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas and Salt Lake City.
Upon arrival in the destination city, pets will be delivered to the Delta cargo facility within 60 minutes.
All shipments must be picked up at the destination city cargo facility based on the destination station's guidelines.
Only warm-blooded mammals and birds considered to be personal pets or show/exhibition animals will be accepted.
Primates, including lemurs, monkeys, orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees will not be permitted.
Animals must be considered non-offensive and not dangerous to passengers or baggage handlers.
While the environment your pet travels in is temperature-controlled and pressurized, air travel is likely to be a stressful experience. To ensure your pet's comfort and safety and your peace of mind, see weather, health and kennel Requirements & Restrictions for important information.
Our puppy so far did the following
25MAR/1757 -- 1 PIECES AT SLC ASSIGNED TO DL1413/25MAR
25MAR/1713 -- 1 PIECES REMOVED DL490/25MAR AT SLC AND AWAITING FLIGHT ASSIGNMENT
25MAR -- 1 PIECES DEPARTED FROM SLC ON DL490/25MAR TO BOS
25MAR/1603 -- 1 PIECES AT SLC ASSIGNED TO DL490/25MAR
25MAR/1603 -- 1 PIECES ARRIVED AT SLC ON DL248/25MAR FOR TRANSIT
25MAR -- 1 PIECES DEPARTED FROM PDX ON DL248/25MAR TO SLC
25MAR/1118 -- 1 PIECES AT PDX ASSIGNED TO DL248/25MAR
25MAR/1118 -- 1 PIECES ACCEPTED AT PDX
Delta's customer service is unacceptable.
Delta should be band from shipping any Pets
DID YOU EVER GET YOUR PUPPY?
Shelley

Garden City, MO

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#71
Mar 22, 2010
 
I just had a nightmare with Delta also.
I sent a puppy out on them because they were the only airlines to fly her to Montana. The tracking system said she had left SLC on time so I ran to the store and forgot to grab my cell. Whe I came home I had frantic voicemails from the woman who bought her saying she had not arrived and they had no Idea where she was. When I called they said that the puppy had been released to ME! I told them they were crazy I was the one who shipped her. This went on for several hours. They said she would arrive on the next flight at 9 and that came and went and no puppy! We were both frantic then and the woman had been at the airport since 4:30 with her 2 yr old son. At 10:30 they sent her home and said he would have to wait until morning to see if they could find the puppy. They called as she returned home and said that she had just landed and she had to turn around and go back to pick her up. I was not happy and have been trying to sort it out. They will get back to me! I will not use them agian if at all possible!
Jim Hough

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May 14, 2010
 

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In reference to the story running concerning a lost dog on Delta Airlines

In February of 2010 Delta either lost or contributed to my puppies death.

These are the flight details:
Air Way Bill 006/88604025
Delta Flight 125 date 4 Feb Brussels/Atlanta

I was informed by a Delta Employee that the puppy expired on the flight from Belgium to the United States. Delta Airlines had the deceased puppy removed by their contractor Dandee Kennels. I authorized a necropsy to be performed on the deceased puppy.

At this point a decision was made either to freeze the puppy. Freezing the animal complicates the necropsy, and brings the cause of death in question. The necropsy was completed at the University of Georgia, and trauma could not be ruled out.

In the mean time, I requested that Delta send me the original crate the puppy was shipped-in to me, so that I could see the condition of the crate, and check for damage.

Delta assured me that they would comply with this request. On March 1, 2010 the crate arrived at Peoria, IL and was damaged. Delta assured me the crate which they shipped was undamaged. Upon closer examination of the crate, it was obviously brand new. The original parts were still in sealed bags, the instructions were in the crate.

Once I notified Delta of this deceptive maneuver, the owner of Delta’s contract kennel, Dennis Dandee contacted me and admitted he sent me a new kennel and not the kennel my dog was shipped in.

The conditions of the puppy’s death remain unclear from the necropsy report, as there appears to be a discrepancy regarding the puppy’s listed age. Given that I purchased a 10 week old Neapolitan Mastiff puppy, and the Necropsy report issued by the University of Georgia indicates the puppy examined was 6 weeks old, it is unclear whether Delta transported the correct puppy for necropsy. Also, given Delta’s prior admission that at least two other dogs traveled on the same flight and arrived without incident, it is entirely possible that Delta delivered my puppy to the wrong Delta customer.Nonetheless, and if we are to assume the necropsy report from the University of Georgia was indeed performed upon the dog belonging to me, the report states that some blood was coming out of the puppy’s nose and a fair amount was present in the puppy’s belly and lungs.

In a April 7, 2010 letter Delta admits that the puppy died as a result of pneumonia,“plus shipment stress,” explicitly noting Delta’s involvement. This, combined with Delta’s failure to provide me with the cage used to transport the puppy – a cage that was reported as having been seriously damaged during transport – I have reason to suspect that the cage used to transport his puppy had not been properly secured in-flight.

Delta has a track record of these kind of incidents, and government over-sight is very poor.

US regulation and oversight concerning loopholes in airline reporting requirements, of lost, injured, or killed animals while being transported via commercial airlines needs seriously addressed.

Currently, Senator Menendez's and Lieberman's offices are working on a new approach to ensure animal welfare while being transported on commercial airlines.

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A winter wonderland

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#73
May 15, 2010
 
Jim,
I had tears in my eyes reading about your puppy. I hope you don't ever have to experience what you went thru again. I have only shipped an animal once. It was too traumatic on all of us. We had a dog shipped to Milwaukee from Charlotte, NC. The baggage handler in Milwaukee could not have been better. I told him there was a live animal on board & he made sure the crate was the first item he moved. He made sure she was out & moving around before he'd sign off on her. I don't know what she went thru in Charlotte, but she has refused to get in the crate ever since. And that's been 9 years.
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#74
May 17, 2010
 
As a former airline employee and current animal lover (whose pet was also lost at one time by the airline I worked for) I can tell you that pets misconnect, or end up in the wrong locations the same way luggage does. Weather and human error certainly play a role.

The airlines devote tremendous resources to ensuring pets are cared for during transport. Most airline employees are pet lovers themselves and treat them the same as they would a child travelling alone.

It has been my experience that some people who ship pets do their "beloved" animals a disservice by using a crate or kennel that is in poor condition, too small, no absorbant material, no food, etc. They try to ship when it's too hot.

I think airlines should get out of the animal shipment business altogether. In my opinion the revenue generated is not worth it. No one... I repeat... no airline employee has purposely killed a pet.

People shipping animals could then keep them in their own care and drive them cross country.
Shannon

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#75
Sep 21, 2010
 
Rosalyn Dunn NC wrote:
We use Delta frequently to ship puppies and have never had a problem.
it is 9/21/10 and we shipped a puppy to Newark after using Delta in the past....on 9/18/10 puppy is still MISSING!!! No-ONE knows ANYTHING and worse then that....they all blame the "other" connection without actually speaking to the people who actually LOADED AND UNLOADED the planes! They are not in today.....corporate managers are out golfing.....meanwhile our 8 week old, 3 lb puppy has been missing for 3 days. VANISHED without a trace! The lack of competency and poor organization is totally beyond me!
Former NWA

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#76
Sep 21, 2010
 
In my opinion the airlines should stop accepting pets all together ... if you have a pet, then... DRIVE! Even human beings are occassionally misrouted, for a variety of reasons. The majority of airline employees are kind to and care about animals. When I worked in the airline industry if a pet was misrouted to my station (there are many reasons this can happen) we would provide a comfortable environment, food, water, and a place relieve themselves. If we could not accomodate that the pet would be put in a kennel at airline expense.

I could tell you a hundred stories about irresponsible pet owners, everything from tendering their pets in unsuitable, shabby kennels to demanding their pet be shipped on a 95 degree day.

Simple solution for the airlines... just stop accepting pets or any animal shipment. Want a new puppy from Fargo, ND... drive your ass out there and pick it up. Want to take Fido on vacation... load him in the back of the minivan and drive. If you're worried about the "trauma" your pet goes through when being transported by air then DRIVE! And yes, I had a cat that was once lost on my own airline. He had been released to the wrong person and we recovered him half a day later. It has happened to me. After experiencing this myself all I can say is - put it in perspective people! Occassionally this happens, and other than some inconvenience to the owner the pet usually arrives no worse for wear. I know that some nut will probably claim they are "psycologically scarred" for life but it isn't so!

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#77
Sep 21, 2010
 
Former NWA wrote:
In my opinion the airlines should stop accepting pets all together ... if you have a pet, then... DRIVE! Even human beings are occassionally misrouted, for a variety of reasons. The majority of airline employees are kind to and care about animals. When I worked in the airline industry if a pet was misrouted to my station (there are many reasons this can happen) we would provide a comfortable environment, food, water, and a place relieve themselves. If we could not accomodate that the pet would be put in a kennel at airline expense.
I could tell you a hundred stories about irresponsible pet owners, everything from tendering their pets in unsuitable, shabby kennels to demanding their pet be shipped on a 95 degree day.
Simple solution for the airlines... just stop accepting pets or any animal shipment. Want a new puppy from Fargo, ND... drive your ass out there and pick it up. Want to take Fido on vacation... load him in the back of the minivan and drive. If you're worried about the "trauma" your pet goes through when being transported by air then DRIVE! And yes, I had a cat that was once lost on my own airline. He had been released to the wrong person and we recovered him half a day later. It has happened to me. After experiencing this myself all I can say is - put it in perspective people! Occassionally this happens, and other than some inconvenience to the owner the pet usually arrives no worse for wear. I know that some nut will probably claim they are "psycologically scarred" for life but it isn't so!
Are you serious? While I agree about pets not flying on airplanes and I would never do it...I completely disagree with you saying it isn't psychologically or even physically scarring for them. Why don't you fly in a cargo hold with no temperature control or ventilation so we can see how well you are mentally and physically when it's over? That's if you are even still alive. Gee, hope there is no flight delay...

I guess you use the word "occasionally" more loosely than I...considering since 2005 39 pets have been lost, 53 have been injured, and 149 have DIED traveling on airlines...

Some things to think about before you fly your pet:
- Almost every major airline has been fined repeatedly for violations of the Animal Welfare.
- Cargo holds generally have no heat or air conditioning, so they can reach extreme temperatures quickly.
- Most cargo compartments are also unventilated to help prevent fires.
- Tragedies also occur because of improperly trained or uncaring airline personnel.

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#78
Sep 22, 2010
 
V- I agree in regards to animals' being scarred. There is a reason that my dog is terrified of being put in a crate. It's not a stretch of the imagination to think that it's because she was crated for her flight to me.

I do have to say that my personal experience with transporting an animal by air was good. The regulations I was informed of made sense & I followed them to the letter.
Mark J

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I will always get a pure breed dog. When I get a pure breed dog I know it will be between 13" and 17" in height. I know it will in all likelyhood be a very intelligent dog, easy to train. I know it will be a high energy dog with a tendency to be a little verbal. I know what physical problems it is prone too. I know within a range what type of personality it will have. I will get it from a breeder that I know or will have throughly researched. I will know what that breeder is looking for when they breed. I also know that the breeder will have a great deal of time and money doing medical checks on that pup as well testing of the parents to screen for possible inherited defects. I expect that breeder will have done a through check on me. So do not tell me I am some sort of monster because I want a dog that fits my lifestyle instead of a mixed breed dog that I have no clue what it will be when it is an adult.

For those that want a mixed breed dog by all means go to your local shelter and adopt.

Never buy a dog from someone in the local mall parking lot, flea market, pet store, a internet add or newspaper add. Personally, I would not have a problem if someone went to one of those type of sellers, rescue all the pups they had and then put a bullet in the sellers head.

Perhaps a little drastic, but it sellers like that give good, responsible breeders a bad name and encourage the PETA and HSUS nuts in their quest to eliminate pet ownership.
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#80
Dec 4, 2010
 
Gloria wrote:
I had a terrible experience just this past Fri. with Delta. I ship out of Atlanta and seldom use Delta, if I can avoid it but my customer wanted their puppy shipped to Albany, NY. The employees at the Cargo area in Atlanta are unfriendly, NEVER organized and incompetent and I will NEVER use them again. My puppy was shipped to Newark, NJ for some unknown reason and they kept her in the office there until the next morning and THEN shipped her back to Atlanta and finally shipped her to Albany that afternoon 27 hours after her initial flight time. This was a tiny 8 week old Chihuahua. It was a miracle that she survived the ordeal!!!
I use Delta out of Atlanta alot because I can always find the flights I need through them, but you are correct... they are so rude! There have been times when it has taken me 45 minutes to check in a dog (even with my paperwork filled out BEFORE I get there) all because they are sitting there discussing what they are going to eat that day or wanting to eat that day.
Also, one time a couple of them acting like they might not ship the dog because they said they thought it was too cold to (in their opinion) when according to the delta guide lines the weather was well above the requirments (not to mention I had the dog a blanket in the kennel and a SWEATER on! They are just really difficult to deal with, especially the bigger black man that won't get off the stool to even look in the kennel and has someone else come over there to check for him!
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#81
Feb 6, 2011
 
continental pet save is the only airline that is safe
carole blakeley-cole

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#82
Feb 6, 2011
 
continental PET SAFE is the only Safe airline

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