Cory Mcjimson arrived at Delta expecting to be greeted by a cheerful, excited puppy. What he found instead was a lifeless body. The 12-week-old Yorkshire Terrier named Sebastian was traveling from Ohio to California to meet Cory and his new family when his life came to an early and unexpected end.
According to People, “A spokesperson for Delta confirmed the incident to PEOPLE, saying in a statement, ‘Pets are an important member of the family, and we are focused on the well-being of all animals we transport.’
The representative added, ‘We extend our deepest condolences to Sebastian’s family and are conducting a thorough review of the situation to understand what happened.'”
According to TMZ, Cory had purchased the puppy from a breeder in Ohio. The breeder arranged the Delta flight from Ohio to California with a brief, Delta-required layover.
While the cause of death is unknown, Cory believes the puppy was transported in Delta’s pressurized cargo hold, possibly contributing to his untimely death.
Sebastian’s death directly following a flight isn’t the first case. As pets are purchased from breeders or sellers across the country, many will die during transportation. Regardless of how diligent the breeder is about the animal’s welfare, the travel arrangements can and are stressful to animals and may cause death, injury, and/or extreme stress.
If you’re in the market for a new family member, check out your local shelters 🙂