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Spanish airline sued
Air Europa culpable for dead dog
The Spanish airline Air Europa was recently sued €1,410 in a Seville court for the death of a passenger’s dog during an internal flight from Palma de Mallorca to Seville.


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06.11.2015 - The dog’s death was determined as heat stroke, and two other dogs travelling onboard the flight had to be resuscitated at the airport; fortunately they made a recovery.  The animals were kept in the plane’s hold during the flight which took place in August, 2013, as pets are considered luggage items.  The owner initially demanded compensation of €3,000 for the deceased dog but was ultimately awarded just under half that amount, which is the maximum penalty for such claims the judge determined.  The judge also apologised for how long the case took to be heard, explaining that this was due to a large backlog in Seville’s courts.

The owner was represented by the claims company Reclamador, with Pablo Rabanal, company director, commenting: “We are asking that internationally accepted guidelines are introduced regarding the transportation of animals.  At the moment no such law exists and therefore incidents such as this are likely to be repeated”.



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