A plane that touched down in Canada at the Toronto Pearson Airport was found to have 38 dead puppies on board. Canadian authorities are now investigating the French bulldog puppies to find out what happened.
Reports indicate that at least 500 puppies were on the Ukraine International Airlines plane that landed at Toronto Pearson airport. Unfortunately, there were many that did not survive the flight.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reports that many other dogs were suffering from additional issues, including dehydration, vomiting, and weakness. According to a statement from the agency, “Upon inspection, it was found that 38 were dead on arrival.
“Ukrainian International Airlines is a member of the International Air Transport Association, which has voluntary guidelines airlines should follow to ensure animals are transported safely.
“CFIA officials are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and will determine the next steps once the investigation is complete.”
Abby Lorenzen is a dog handler who arrived at the airport cargo area to get a different animal. She described it as being like “a horror show.” She told CBC:
“It was just a nightmare. Canada and the federal government need to change the laws on the importation of these puppies.”
Professor Scott Weese from the University of Guelph works with the Public Health Agency of Canada and said that many people purchase dogs that are bred overseas, believing that they are from Canada.
“It is a big industry. There’s no doubt about it. And it’s been looked at more in the U.S. and there’s potentially some organized crime component of it, too, in some areas.
There are lucrative situations where you can buy large numbers of dogs fairly cheaply. You mentioned 500 French bulldogs. If those are going for sale at $3,000 to $4,000 a dog, that’s a massive amount of money.”
We have even seen a case lately where a woman paid $8,000 for a puppy which passed away from genetic complications just one week after she took her home.
The message was posted by Ukrainian International Airlines on social media according to CBC, saying:
“Everyone at UIA offers its condolences for the tragic loss of animal life on our flight. UIA is working with local authorities to determine what happened and to make any changes necessary to prevent such a situation from occurring again.”