Petrelocation - It is amazing to us that people would even try doing this, but to them it all seems like a legitimate way to send their pets with them. Many are unaware of the strict import requirements needed to get horses and other live animals into another country. I would assume the owner learned of the import requirements for this horse, when compared to that of a dog - and decided it was worth their efforts to try and get it imported as a dog. A simple phone call to a pet shipper like us would have solved all their problems!
Horse Smuggled Onto Atlanta Flight In Dog Crate
POSTED: 6:59 am EDT September 26, 2007
ATLANTA—Someone smuggled a miniature horse onto a plane that landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Tuesday, authorities said. The small show horse was stuck inside a dog crate in the cargo area of the flight from Germany to Atlanta. Customs agents said the horse was on its way to Guatemala. Officials said it appears the passenger who brought the horse onto the plane was trying to make it appear he was bringing a dog. Customs agents said the owner did not have the proper permits, and the carrier the horse was in was too small.
CBS 46 reporter Joanna Massee showed other passengers a picture of the horse in the dog crate. It's inhumane. I mean look at it. Would you like to be cramped up in something like that? I wouldn't,Ӕ said one passenger. That's cruel and unusual punishment for that poor little horse,Ӕ said another traveler.
After getting the horse out of the crate, officials examined it for diseases and fed it hay and water. Officials found the horse to be healthy and made arrangements for the horse to be shipped in a proper container. The Department of Agriculture said it will issue a report of violation against the airline and the horses owner.