Cancer Patient’s Emotional Support Dog Dies on Emirates Flight
A woman battling leukemia says her 2 French Bulldogs – one of whom was her emotional support animal – died after being placed in the hold of an Emirates flight.
The passenger’s name is Hannah and we’re told she was flying from Dubai to Washington, DC for cancer treatment – but landing at Dulles International Airport she got the devastating news of her comfort dog Panda, and the companion of Panda Beluga, was dead.
The incident occurred on August 21 aboard flight EK 231. We are told that Hannah paid $ 2,600 to ship her stuffed animals when told she could not bring them into the cabin because ‘they weighed over 8 pounds.
This means dogs must be transported under the cabin in a hold designed for live animals … separate from baggage. Apparently Panda and Beluga ended up in the baggage hold and an autopsy shows they died of oxygen starvation. Panda was also bloody, for some reason.
Hannah’s lawyer, Evan oshan, tells TMZ … the family wants justice for the dogs. He says, “Dogs are not baggage, they are breathing family members and in this case have provided tremendous emotional support to a cancer patient.”
We’re told Hannah had a letter from a doctor from June 2018 classifying Panda as an emotional support animal – and therefore, Panda should have been allowed in the cabin with Hannah … Oshan believes.
He adds: “Emirates charged for the passage of the dogs even though the medical documentation was provided by this cancer patient. That is not true!”
Oshan says other animals on the flight, presumably placed in the appropriate cargo hold, all survived the trip unharmed.
We have contacted Emirates, so far no word in return.
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