There were about 500 animals aboard the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) plane, flying from Kyiv to Toronto on June 13, 38 dogs died, CityNews Toronto reports.
“Dozens of puppies were found dead after a flight arrived from Kyiv to Toronto. On Saturday, June 13, a load of about 500 animals landed at Toronto International Airport, 38 dogs died from dehydration, weakness, and vomiting,” the report said.
Initially, UIA reacted to the situation and noted that there were no complaints regarding the transport of animals.
"We immediately requested information from colleagues who are involved in the transportation of live animals. According to their information, at the moment the airline has not received any official or other supporting documents from the Toronto airport, nor from the Canadian aviation authorities, nor from the handling of animal deaths during the time of flight. Moreover, UIA did not receive a claim either from the sender or from the recipient in Canada that the animals were not transported properly," the company said.
Subsequently, a message with condolences on the death of animals appeared on the UIA page.
Police in the Kyiv region opened a criminal investigation into the death of 38 puppies during a UIA flight to Canada.