Alisa Miller's worst nightmare came true last week when her dog Nala, who was flying to Germany with Miller, broke free of her crate and escaped from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Nala was missing for three days before she was found dead along Interstate 75 in Atlanta.
She had apparently been struck by a vehicle and killed instantly. When Nala escaped, she and Miller were en route to Frankfurt, where Miller's husband, a soldier, is stationed. PETA's heartfelt sympathy goes out to Nala's family.
Nala's death serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers of allowing animals to fly in airplane cargo holds, which are normally unventilated. In cargo holds, animals can be injured or escape when their carriers are crushed or damaged. The good news is that a new animals-only airline, PetAirways, now offers coast-to-coast flights in which Pawsengers fly in the cabin and are cared for throughout the flight.
If you are traveling to a destination that is not yet served by PetAirways, ask the airline if your animal can ride in the cabin. If you have no choice but to place your animal in the cargo hold, book a nonstop flight and avoid traveling in extreme temperatures. For more potentially lifesaving tips, see PETA's animal-friendly travel factsheet.
Written by Michelle Sherrow