August 4th, 2010
10:05 PM ET

7 dogs dead after American Airlines flight

Authorities were investigating the deaths of seven dogs after an American Airlines flight to Chicago.

Flight 851 was an hour late taking off from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tuesday morning, according to Mary Frances Fagan, director of corporate communications for American Airlines. The flight arrived at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport at 8:54 a.m. with 14 dog kennels on board.

All the dogs on Flight 851 were "bound for other locations," Fagan said. When ramp workers began the process of moving the dogs to the other flights, they noticed the animals looked "lethargic." They tried to cool them down. The animals were taken from the airport to a veterinarian, Fagan said. Seven dogs later died.

The incident was under investigation. The dogs are being necropsied. The airline said it has drawn no conclusions on what happened.


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  1. free animal videos of pups

    Media: Just FYI, there is free stock footage of puppies and dogs in cages at The video is free and is showing up on CNN, MTV, NBC, etc.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred Flintstone

    If the airlines do not get a grip on their treatment of animals in flight the SPCA and the FAA should get involved. This crap is happening way too much. I hope the owners sue the HE%$ out of them. No excuse

    November 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lean6

    Oh, but i'm sure they will refund at least a portion of the fees collected for transporting the dogs...well, maybe "sure" was a bit of a strong word.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lean6

    Why is this 3-month old article filed under "This Just In?"

    November 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |