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'Distraught' Model Blames Airline for Dog's Death

Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, United Airlines, news, animals, ethics, consumers, business, death, safety, sadness )

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Model Maggie Rizer says she took all the necessary precautions to prepare her two dogs for a cross-country flight two weeks ago, but she claims the negligence of United Airlines resulted in the death of her 2-year-old golden retriever.


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Cheryl B (64)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 4:43 am

Ruth C (87)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 8:01 am
United Airlines or any Airlines are responsible because you pay them MONEY so that your animal can board their plane!!

Barb K (1687)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 9:30 am
Horrid! Carrie, I believe I heard Bea bark at me! I was about to click on the family portrait when Bea BARKED 3 TIMES AT ME!! You may think I'm crazy, but I know it was Bea.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 9:59 am
I have not traveled by air anywhere for some years, but I assume that we human passengers are still allowed to buy "flight insurance". If such coverage was offered for animal passengers, perhaps they would be better taken care of. Just a thought.

Barb K (1687)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 1:00 pm
I meant no disrespect I believe UA should've taken every precaution to protect Bea! RIP Sweet Bea!

Carrie B (306)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 1:13 pm
Oh Barb, you have never in any way shown any dis respectfulness !

Kim O (396)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 3:27 pm
Terribly sad!! Rest in Peace, sweet Bea. Thanks Carrie

Carol H (229)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 5:04 am
sadly noted

samantha l (0)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 4:25 pm
Such a shame. I'm sorry for your loss :(

Kar M (9)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 5:22 pm
So sad, human error which could have been prevented.

Kamila A (141)
Monday September 24, 2012, 6:22 am
Anyone who has ever had a dog, or any pet, will know how painful a loss like this can be.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Monday September 24, 2012, 12:50 pm
I would blame them too. I hope that United steps up and admits negligence in this death. I'm so very sorry for the dog and her guardians.

Christeen A (300)
Monday September 24, 2012, 12:53 pm
Tragic. So sorry for your loss.

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday September 24, 2012, 12:54 pm
Pet carriers with contents belong in the passenger cabin. Companion animals are part of people's families, not luggage. If the TSA is ever finally scrapped, I might fly again - but not on United.

jennifer t (41)
Monday September 24, 2012, 2:32 pm
Shame on the airlines for their failure to care for animal travellers.

Isabelle J (81)
Monday September 24, 2012, 3:04 pm
Very sad !

. (0)
Monday September 24, 2012, 3:34 pm
Sadly, this is not an uncommon event.
Many years ago, my cousin worked for Eastern Airlines - she was in freight reservation. In those days, she took care of everything that could not sit in a seat; bodies to animals. The stories she told me were just horrible. The simple instillation of fans in the cargo area greatly helped. Although it's clear additional steps have to be taken.

Gloria H (88)
Monday September 24, 2012, 3:54 pm
if the two dogs were flown on the same flight, one would imagine the older dog would be more likely to have a complication. Was the one dog left in the crate in the hot sun? Something is fishy. I chose to fly my cats, and drive my dogs cross country (dogs are more likely to enjoy being in a car for 6 day trip) when I moved.
so sad to have a pet die suddenly.

carol k (17)
Monday September 24, 2012, 4:07 pm
Airlines need to care better & more compassion for PAYING CUSTOMERS pets! They should be held 100% responsible for any > ANY< harm to any pet! they are reckless and uncaring! It is their 100% Responsibility to see to it that animals are well adjusted, comfortable and safe! just as if it were a human child... after all pets are family members!

Lisa N (204)
Monday September 24, 2012, 4:30 pm
Kudos to Maggie for creating awareness on this issue, it's just so sad she had to lose her Bea in order to do so. This is one model who is pretty inside & out!

Linda P (0)
Monday September 24, 2012, 4:57 pm
So sad and my heart goes out to the family. Airlines are responsible for ALL the paying passengers they take on their planes. I can't imagine losing one of my babies.

Russie c (4)
Monday September 24, 2012, 6:40 pm
This is such a sad story and heartbreak for the dogs owners. I blame the airlines, the dog shouldnt of had a heatstroke if it did the airlines put the dog in a too hot place, how stupid of them and they should be punished serverely for that.

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Monday September 24, 2012, 7:33 pm
Two (2) words PET AIRWAYS

janet f (29)
Monday September 24, 2012, 7:47 pm
If you're not willing to put your kids in the cargo hold, why would anyone put their dog in there? I would never fly with my dog. I'm too scared this would happen. I can't imagine her guilt over this. Really, really terrible.

Diane L (110)
Monday September 24, 2012, 8:14 pm
This is not making sense. How can a healthy 2-yr-old dog die of HEAT STROKE in an environmentally controlled cargo hold? Janet, I CAN see why animals must be put in the cargo hold vs. being in the passenger compartment. After all, other passengers COULD be allergic to dogs, and there is no way of guaranteeing that a dog IN FLIGHT might not become upset or unable to be controlled and hurt somebody. I love my dogs more than most people and Goldens are my favorite (just lost my beloved 14-yr-old last January) but it is common sense to have dogs in an area where they can be contained and controlled during flight. However, again, this doesn't make sense.

Marie W (67)
Monday September 24, 2012, 9:11 pm
Distraught what the f--k do you think?!!

Cindy B (61)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 12:24 am
Well, if the autopsy result was HEATSTROKE, and yet UAL says the dogs were in a "temperature controlled environment at all times...." Somebody's lying, for sure! And I believe that somebody is UAL. Sorry but, if that's the way it came down, I would've sued!

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 4:09 am
Cindy, sometimes suing is not always the best option. I must admit that I would certainly be looking at it.

I think that the behaviour of the staff in America (the worst customer service I have ever come across bar none anywhere I have ever been) made a tragic situation worse.

Sam E M (0)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 5:56 am
The worst of it is the total lack of compassion shown by the staff member who first announced the death.

Jo Ellen H (3)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 7:12 am
so sad and very sorry for your loss.. dogs are innocent

Patricia W (5)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 7:17 am

Yumana Yunes (197)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 11:41 am
It's sad that only when these things happen to Supermodels, or celebrities it's when it becomes news. Thousands of pets are transported on flights daily, and many without their owners. It's one of those responsibilities that corporations should have a near 100% success rate. Hope to see all our "best friends" in another dimension soon!

Rebecca Cowart (0)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 9:00 am very sorry for the loss of this beautiful very young heart hurts for the pain the owner must be going through.....personally, I would NEVER put my animals in the pet compartment of a plane....very very very sad indeed!!!

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Thursday September 27, 2012, 4:09 am
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