A Model’s Dog dies on a United Airlines Flight and she says United Airlines is to blame.
From what she has described, and the detail she has provided, United Airlines behavior afterwards toward her is a cause for concern.
Maggie Rizer is very, very upset that her Golden Retriever, Beatrice, who she received as wedding gift is now dead.
Taking your beloved pet on an airplane is always a risk and Maggie Rizer appears to have done a very through job of following all established protocols and recommendations to ensure the safety of the 2 dogs she was traveling with.
Just over 2 weeks ago, she was flying back home to San Francisco after vacationing on the East Coast.
She made sure that she followed all the requirements, to the letter and then some, of United Airlines Pet Safe Program.
In her own words, here are the measures she undertook.
In addition to Pet Safe’s stringent requirements, we took every extra precaution we could think of. Both the dog’s kennels were labeled front to back with emergency numbers, flight information and warnings. Their kennels were purchased specifically for the measurements and design specified by Pet Safe. We purchased special water bowls which we filled with ice to ensure that the water wouldn’t spill and that it would last longer. We drove the six hours to New York City from our house in Northern New York State, so the dogs wouldn’t have to make a connecting flight. We paid United Airlines $1800.00, in addition to our plane tickets, to ensure the safety of our pets. Albert and Bea were very prepared travelers.
When she arrived in San Francisco, she claim she was callously told that one of the dogs had died and it took her some time to find out which dog had died since she was traveling with 2 dogs.
Then Maggie Rizer wanted Beatrice lifeless body,so she could take her to own vet for an autopsy, because she could not understand how or why her dog was dead.
She claims the attendant she was speaking to told them that Beatrice had already been delivered to a local vet for an autopsy when, in actuality, Beatrice’s body was right there behind closed doors at the airport.
After hours of wrangling, Rizer and her husband were able to take Beatrice’s body to their local vet who said the beautiful dog appeared to have succumbed to heat stroke.
Then, Rizer says,
United Airlines additionally called our veterinarian and fabricated a story about having an email from me, authorizing them to obtain the necropsy results. This, after I specifically told them that we would release the results to them at our discretion.
She says that she will miss her beloved Beatrice forever and wanted to warn readers on her blog not to trust their precious pet to the airlines
You can read her blog post at Bea Makes Three.