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Dog Dies On Delta Flight; Family Demands Answers

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane family is demanding answers from Delta airlines after their dog died while on a flight from Germany to Atlanta. They are asking friends and family to sign a petition to demand answers from Delta.

The Reid family was moving home to Spokane after spending 18-months abroad while working as a contractor for the army. The family paid for their two dogs, Lola and Guinness, to fly in the cargo section of a Delta flight after the animals passed medical tests in Germany.

The family was heartbroken to learn Guinness died at some point during the flight.

"We just know that right now it doesn't make sense," a necropsy was performed but was unable to determine how Guinness, an English Bulldog died.

The family has since asked Delta for records detailing cabin pressure and temperature in the cargo section of Guinness' flight, but the airline has not provided the information.

The family points out Lola, the Reid's other dog, was delayed getting back to Spokane after an apparent miscommunication put her on a wrong flight.

"I want to claim that you (Delta) are not handling dogs right," said Michelle Reid. " You're not handling live animals correctly."

More than 800 signatures have been collected on an online petition designed to demand answers from Delta.  A link to the petition can be found here.  (http://animals.change.org/blog/view/delta_airlines_loses_more_dogs)

Authorities at Delta Airlines have not returned a phone call for this story.   Anthony Gomes KHQ-TV, Reporter (509) 953-2451 anthony.gomes@khq.com  

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