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Dog ‘roasted’ in sun due to airline blunder


AN ANGRY dog owner has accused airline bmi of leaving one of his dogs out to die in roasting heat at an air cargo compound.

Graeme Davidson claims three-year-old Golden Retriever Rupert suffered hours of agony after being dumped in the midday Caribbean sun.

Mr Davidson said he spent three hours trying to find Rupert, Sophie and Milly after landing at Antigua. The dogs were finally discovered caged in a cargo company compound a mile from the airport. It cost Mr Davidson £1,100 to fly his pets out with bmi emigrated last month.

Mr Davidson was offered compensation by the airline after he complained - and bmi chose to use a pay scale that normally applies to damaged goods. Mr Davidson said: ‘They had the cheek to offer me compensation by the kilo. He was a healthy three-year-old dog, not a box of bananas. ’
Mr Davidson, originally from Northwich, Cheshire, had told solicitors to sue bmi for negligence, but later decided to accept the compensation package when it became clear that he could not afford to sue.

The airline said: ‘Bmi extends its deepest sympathies to Mr Davidson on the loss of Rupert. The case is being taken extremely seriously. We have suspended the carriage of animals on our Caribbean routes until a full investigation and thorough review of our procedures and those of our handling agents have been completed.’