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Service Member Could Face $31K Bill to Ship Dog Home from Japan

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United’s decision left her scrambling for options.

A Coast Guard member is scrambling for options to get her English mastiff home from Japan following United Airlines’ recent suspension of PetSafe, its program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment.

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer McKay is trying to get to Texas to pick up an automobile before going to Washington, DC, to begin her next assignment, Stars and Stripes reported. She originally brought the 220-pound dog to the Tokyo area via United for a cost of about $3,200.

McKay isn’t finding many workable choices.

The other airline that flies directly from Tokyo to Houston, McKay explained, is All Nippon Airways. But ANA will charge approximately $31,000 to ship her dog, named George Jefferson. She told Stars and Stripes that’s because “his carrier was too big and would take up more than one pallet space.”

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Some other airlines won’t carry English mastiffs, and others only offer routes with “multiple transfers and long flight times that McKay said she can’t consider,” Stars and Stripes reported.

McKay said other people are facing similar problems.

United’s decision to halt new reservations for PetSafe came “after three dogs were loaded onto wrong planes … and a fourth died in an overhead bin,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

United announced that it was “conducting a thorough and systematic review of our program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets.” It said it expected to complete the review by May 1.

The company said it would honor any existing PetSafe reservations confirmed as of March 20.

The suspension does not affect pets that travel with us in the aircraft’s cabin, the airline said, noting: “We are also reviewing this service and have already announced that beginning in April we will issue bright colored bag tags to help better identify pets who are traveling in-cabin.”

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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