Last Tuesday afternoon a dog named Bear was found dead in KLM's cargo hold after a long flight from Amsterdam to Los Angeles. Bear was a healthy, happy puppy heading for his new home according to the devastated family now demanding answers. KLM did not release the dog's body and is still in the custody of the airline's investigator, and the family's efforts to have him returned to them have been ignored so far. The family wants the dog's necropsy done by an independent vet facility and to conduct their own investigation into the death.
The family's attorney, Evan Oshan which happens to be co owner of Frenchiestore LLC is seeking justice for this healthy Central Asian Shepherd who was less than a year old. Bear was chosen specifically because the breed is known for being strong and protective but gentle, and the family has 6 and 7-year-old children. The dog had no known health problems and was completely healthy when he boarded the plane, and also doesn't have breathing issues like Kokito, the dog that died in the overhead bin in a United Airline flight last year.
The family's now seeking more info from Air France, including surveillance footage of Bear and personnel files of anyone who handled him, incident reports connected to the flight, a flight manifest, cockpit recordings and KLM's protocol for stowing away animals.
In a letter to the airline, Oshan adds ... "We take the death of Bear very seriously and expect the protocol which you will follow will be consistent with the death of any passenger. Furthermore any attempt to veer from our requests will be viewed as obstruction of justice and dealt with as prescribed under the law."
Oshan is in route to Los Angeles, we will provide with an update as soon as we have more info.
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