CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) - A Cranston breeder flies his pregnant cat to Oregon, but he saysit arrived frozen solid. The airline claims the cat died of naturalcauses, but the breeder says no way.
Two families are now heartbroken over the dead cat. They blamethe airline for not taking the proper steps for a safe delivery.The airline says it's not their fault.
Mans' best friend may usually be a dog, but John Froais willdispute that anyday.John says he's been breeding this rare catcalled a Minskin for years and has sold the cats worldwide.
"I have shipped animials to 3 different continents and toonumerous to mention over the years," says Froais.
Just recently he sold his pregnant cat to a breeder in Oregonfor $2500. Before John could fly the cat the airline required hehave a health certificate issued by a veterinarian dated within 10days of travel just to make sure he was shipping a healthy cat.
The cat was healthy on exam, so John handed the cat over toairline employees. He thought everything was fine until he receiveda frantic call from the breeder in Oregon.
"The cat was frozen and dead on arrival. The baggage people thentook the cat out of the crate her travel crate, and started to holdher in front of space heaters to thaw her," says Froais.
The airline tells us they didn't have any knowledge of that butdid send the cat onto a veterinary clinic in Houston for anecropsy, an autopsy for animals. According to that vet-the catdied of uterine toxicity from multiple dead kittens.
"Even if she did die of natural causes, let's say, a heartattack, why did she arrive frozen?" says Froais.
The airline offered to send the body to John so he could get hisown necropsy, but John says, unfortunately that would beimpossible.
"I've learned any evidence I could have gotten to prove death ofhypothermia is out the window. They froze it, refroze it, froze itand refroze it," says Froais.
The airline is standing by their vet's diagnosis but agreed torefund John for the flight.
John says "It's not about the money, it's just accountability."
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