French bulldog Roger dies from heatstroke in the cargo hold of a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Boston

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French bulldog called Roger dies from heatstroke in the cargo hold of a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Boston after ‘going without water for 18 HOURS’ – leaving 6-year-old owner heartbroken

  • A French bulldog belonging to the family of a young boy passed away in-flight
  • The dog was found dead inside the plane’s cargo hold after landing in Boston
  • A necroscopy found the animal was both dehydrated and had overheated 
  • Vets say the pet had gone without water for 18 hours  

A dog has died from heatstroke on board a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Boston after it was allegedly deprived of water for 18 hours.

As TMZ first reported on Monday citing unnamed sources within the airline, the pet, a French Bulldog called Roger, was discovered dead on July 26 inside the plane’s cargo hold after the 8½ flight had landed.

An attorney for the owners, Evan Oshan, told the gossip site the family’s father was shipping his six-year-old son’s dog back to their home in Lynn, Massachusetts, near Boston. 

A French bulldog, named Roger, belonging to the family of a young boy passed away in-flight

A French bulldog, named Roger, belonging to the family of a young boy passed away in-flight

'It was his best friend and he was special because emotionally he needed that pet,' Andreea Suvaina, the boy's mother, and owner of the dog

‘It was his best friend and he was special because emotionally he needed that pet,’ Andreea Suvaina, the boy’s mother, and owner of the dog

Oshan says that when the boy’s grandmother went to pick up the dog at Logan airport, officials broke the tragic news to her. 

The family had a necroscopy performed on the dog.

It found the dog died from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Vets say the pet had gone without water for 18 hours. 

The report also says ‘limited panting in a stressful, hot or humid environment, combined with a lack of water, would have placed Roger at high risk for heat stroke.’ 

‘It was his best friend and he was special because emotionally he needed that pet,’ Andreea Suvaina, the boy’s mother, told WCVB. 

The dog was found dead inside the KLM plane's cargo hold after the 8½ flight from Amsterdam had landed in Boston (file photo)

The dog was found dead inside the KLM plane’s cargo hold after the 8½ flight from Amsterdam had landed in Boston (file photo)

Oshan has dealt with similar cases in the past. In March, a Central Asian Shepherd was found dead back in the cargo hold of a KLM flight from Amsterdam to LA. 

Oshan even confronted airline officials at LAX demanding answers at the time but so far has received none. 

‘These areas are supposed to be climate controlled, they’re supposed to be pressurized, they’re supposed to be given water. Water – a basic necessity,’ Oshan said.

DailyMail.com on reached out to KLM for comment on the report on Monday evening and was awaiting a reply.

As per KLM’s policy regarding the transposition of animals, passengers are allowed to keep a dog or a cat weighing no more than 17lbs in the cabin, so long as the pet is at least 10 weeks old and has all required shots.

KLM’s policy specifically states it will not transport French bulldogs, along with a few other breeds, in the hold or as cargo. 

Travelers flying business class on intercontinental flights are not allowed to keep their pets in the cabin, no matter their size.

All cats and dogs weighing between 17lbs and 165.3lbs must travel in the cargo hold, confined to hard plastic or fiberglass containers ‘fastened by bolts’ and approved the by the International Air Transport Association.

According to the IATA requirements, the animal must be able to stand up without touching the roof or the container, and also it must be able to turn around and lay down inside the container.

There has been several high-profile incidents involving pets dying on board airplanes in recent years.

Last year, a French bulldog puppy died on board a domestic United Airlines flight after a crew member forced its owner to store the dog in the overhead bin.

In April 2017, a giant rabbit named Simon died while traveling in the cargo hold on a United flight between London and Chicago.

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