38 Dead Dogs Found on Ukraine International Boeing 767 Flight to Toronto

38 dead puppies were found in an Ukraine International Airlines flight cargo hold when it was being emptied at Pearson International Airport.

The Boeing 767 was carrying 500 puppies. Photo: Getty

Ukraine Airlines flight PS1241, operated on a Boeing 767 landed at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on June 13th, 2020. A total of 500 puppies were in the cargo hold of the plane.

These puppies were meant to be sold in the Toronto area, according to a statement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which is investigating the incident, told that “many of the dogs were suffering from dehydration, weakness and/or vomiting”. 

Many of the dogs were suffering from dehydration. Photo: Pearson Airport

“CFIA officials are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and will determine next steps once the investigation is complete.”

“There were around 500 total, 200 French bulldogs included, that were taken for transportation on the Borispol-Toronto flight, including 300 cages, which meant some cages contained two dogs,” the source said.

What was the condition during loading in Kiev?

According to multiple eyewitness reports, the temperatures at the time of loading in Ukraine was over 30 C, and the puppies were visibly suffering.

The eyewitness also clarified that multiple crates being placed on top of each other, and some even being encased in plastic. These puppies seem to have died due to suffocation. 

300 cages were on board the aircraft. Photo: CityNews Toronto

A Ukraine International load handler also said that many of the dogs were put into a total of 300 cages without the ability to even move and without air circulation.

The load-master also clarified that the pallets were then transported into the lower compartment of the aircraft, where air circulates very poorly.

A video shared by a baggage handler in Ukraine shows that carts with a pile of crates containing the puppies being loaded.

This act directly violates the International Air Transport Association guidelines which states that each animal have enough space to turn around while standing to sit and lie in a natural position.

This incident seems to violate IATA guidelines. Photo: Getty

What the CFIA spokesperson said?

Regarding this incident, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) spokesperson said:

“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is aware that on June 13, 2020, shipments of approximately 500 puppies landed at Pearson International Airport, Toronto. Upon arrival, many of the dogs were suffering from dehydration, weakness and/or vomiting. When inspected, it was found that 38 were dead on arrival and the flight was from Ukraine."

"CFIA officials are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and will determine next steps once the investigation is complete. The CFIA is responsible for regulating the importation of animals, including dogs, into Canada in order to prevent the introduction and spread of diseases that could negatively impact the health of both animals and humans."

Canada's dog import requirement are predetermined. Photo:@JimByersTravel 

"Canada’s dog import requirements are determined by the Health of Animals Act and the Health of Animals Regulations. The import conditions are developed by taking into account the diseases and conditions affecting animals, the current national disease health status, the risk to human health, and Canada’s obligations as members of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Trade Organization (WTO)."

In a statement the Ukraine International Airline said it “immediately” requested information from its colleagues involved with transporting animals.

UIA immediately requested information regarding the animals. Photo: Getty

“UIA regularly undergoes an IOSA operational safety and quality audit, the standards of which govern the transport of live animals in a very strict and rigorous way,” the statement read.

What the Eyewitness at Toronto Airport said?

Toronto resident Abby Lorenzen, who went to the airport to pick up a friend’s cat the same day, was told at customs that there would be a significant delay due to the large amount of pets on board the flight.

Lorenzen was not permitted access to the warehouse. Photo: CP24

“You could tell on their faces that this was a situation that did not happen very often,” Lorenzen said. CFIA officers also refused Lorenzen access to the warehouse, telling her “we will bring your pet out.”

Lorenzen, who was a professional show dog handler also said that this is the first time she was denied access to the warehouse. “Usually, you just walk right in, and pick up your pet,” she said.

She received the cat, which appeared to be in good health, and headed home.

Dead puppies were disposed in a bin. Photo: Abby Lorenzen

Lorenzen had to be back at the cargo warehouse at early Monday morning for the cat’s final flight to the west coast. This time, she was allowed to enter the warehouse.

“As soon as I entered the warehouse, you could smell death. It was just very eerie,” said Lorenzen.

Heartbreaking picture. Photo: Abby Lorenzen

Describing the scene on Facebook, she said: "Those animals didn't need to suffer like that. That airline should of never taken on so many live animals to begin with."

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