On Sunday 21/6/20 a Ukraine International Airlines cargo plane was unloaded by handlers at Pearson airport, Toronto. What they found was, in the words of an onlooker, a ‘nightmare’.
Over 500 French Bulldog puppies had been loaded in searing heat and without proper provisions.
Investigators who boarded the plane following the discovery announced to CBC the demise of 38 puppies due to dehydration.
It takes just over 12 hours to fly between Kiev - where the plane originated - and Toronto. In that time the puppies would have endured unimaginable torment.
Organised crime a possibility
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency told CBC it would, “determine next steps once the investigation is complete.”
According to CBC, amateur footage of the dogs being loaded onto the plane at Kiev has been posted online. The air temperature at the time of the load was thought to be in excess of 30 degrees Celsius.
The French Bulldog is a popular breed in Canada but there is little regulation on the import of the breed from other countries. Each dog is thought to be worth around CA$3,000.
Organised criminals are thought to be behind the shipment. Investigations continue.