Bogle told the Erie Times-News that each airline has its own system for flying with pets; packing an animal into a piece of checked luggage “is not the recommended way,” he said.
The pair faces fines for “transporting animals in a cruel manner” and packing the cat “without food, air or water” according to police. Sari and Larrison have not yet entered pleas to the charges.
Airports may have slightly different policies for transporting pets, however most standards are similar across the country. In general, airlines becoming more and more accommodating to pet owners who properly prepare their pets for flights and research airline policies. As the Humane Society notes, air travel can be stressful for animals — cats especially aren’t often thrilled to leave home — so put your pet’s needs first when travel planning.
Some cats hate all travel.
Sari and Larrison aren’t even the worst recent offenders for animal cruelty in Florida. Another Florida couple arrested on felony animal cruelty charges back in August 2017. The shocking bit of it is- one of the pair is a veterinarian, arrested after horses and dogs found emaciated, living in squalor. Dogs were living in cages without water, including one with untreated tumors. Another dog underfed into being little more than skin over skeleton. Horses with hooves so overgrown, they appeared to be walking on golf clubs.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dr. Gail Nichols, 66, and husband Paul Smith, 74, on three counts felony animal cruelty, one count misdemeanor animal cruelty, and five counts confinement of animals without sufficient food, water, or shelter. Deputies also seized three full-sized horses, eight dogs and 28 miniature horses from the property. The home was without air conditioning and uninhabitable for humans.
How all pets should live!
Earlier in June 2017, yet another Florida couple was arrested, 36 dogs seized in a ‘most horrific’ animal abuse case, according to local law enforcement. The dogs were seized from a Citrus County home after Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip about animal abuse. Ryan McLean, 26, and Deana Feldman, 47, were arrested after failing to provide a suitable living environment for their 36 dogs, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said.
“This tip ultimately turned out to be one of the most horrific cases we’ve worked,” Lora Peckham, supervisor of the Citrus County Animal Control Unit, said. The animals were “living among piles of their own feces” and the house was flea-infested, according to WFTS, the primary ABC affiliate for the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota area. “There were dogs with more than a quarter pound of feces caked onto their little bodies and these are 4-pound to 6-pound dogs,” Peckham told WFTS.
Almost all the animals needed medical attention, but ultimately survived, according to the sheriff’s office. McLean and Feldman each face one count of felony animal cruelty and 27 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
We just cannot wrap our heads around these types of abuses against innocent creatures.