Kitten Freezes to Death on Delta Flight

Kitten Freezes in Cross-Country Flight to Connecticut

Heather Lombardi paid nearly $300 to fly Snickers, an 11-week-old, 3-pound hairless kitten, from Utah to Connecticut in climate-controlled air cargo.

By the time kitten and owner united, Snickers was icy cold and couldn’t move her head or paws, Lombardi said. The kitten died a short time later.

“I feel so guilty. We sat there for nearly an hour. If I’d known, I would have thrown a fit,” said Lombardi, who was flying Snickers home from a breeder. “We just sat there. We had no idea she was dying.”

The Department of Transportation tracks animal deaths in transit, but no one keeps tabs on how many die of cold or heat in cargo holds or elsewhere, said veterinarian Louise Murray, vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City.

Heat deaths are more common, Murray said, but because winter weather has been extreme this year, Murray is sure death rates have climbed…….continued


2 comments for “Kitten Freezes to Death on Delta Flight

  1. January 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Big bummer…poor little thing. I remember quite a few years ago when a ramper from down below brought up a little teeny tiny puppy about the size you’re describing. He said that he just couldn’t put the little thing down below. So the pilots carried it in the flight deck!

  2. February 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    This is obviously a new definition of “climate-controlled” that I wasn’t previously aware of.

    Looks like someone’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.

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