The number of pet related airline incidents increased in 2014. Six airlines reported 16 pet deaths (down from 21 in 2013), 25 pet injuries and 3 pet losses. This is a total of 44 incidents in 2014 compared to 42 in 2013.
The number of pet injuries increased from 14 in 2013 to 25 in 2014. This seems to be in large part due to better reporting of minor cuts and scraps that are sometimes self inflicted by the pet during transport.
Securing the kennel with zip ties, both kennel door and top and bottom sections, remains an important step that is often missed in many of the injuries and losses.
The number of reported incidents in 2015 is likely to be higher due to a new requirement to report incidents related to breeders shipping pets who had previously been exempt from reporting.