According to Air Canada the dog that was bitten by an eagle escaped during a plane change at Vancouver airport. The dog’s body was found two days later at the end of a runway, and according to airport officials it was eaten by an eagle:
Ontario resident Susan Penney said her daughter was flying to Toronto from Smithers, B.C. in May when Air Canada lost her dog during a plane change in Vancouver.
While the flight was stopped at YVR, the dog named Niyah escaped from its kennel, according to Air Canada.
Airline officials and Penney’s daughter searched the airport grounds for two days before finding the dog’s body at the end of the runway.
Penney was told Niyah was attacked and killed by an eagle.
The end of the article at least notes that Air Canada paid for the dog’s cremation and for lodging for the owner to tend to the situation.
However, Air Canada can also be a little less compassionate as noted in the second article (emphasis mine):
The local CBS TV station took interest in Larry’s (the missing dog’s) disappearance and says it asked the airline about its procedures after obtaining a statement about the incident.
Instead, the station says it accidentally received an email from spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick urging his colleagues to ignore the inquiry — and what sounded like a jab at the U.S. government shutdown.
“I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time,” the station said the e-mail read.
How do you fly with your pets to help ensure they are safe?