A family moving from Michigan to southwest, Louisiana found out the hard way that unlike furniture, animals cannot be replaced, and strangers can’t be trusted to move them. The Juhala family had reportedly hired Bluegrass Pet Transport Company to drive their beloved pug Igor to his new home because they knew it was unsafe for him to fly in a plane’s cargo hold. But according to news reports, a month after the company picked him up, the Juhalas still had not seen their dog, and their frantic phone calls to company owner Bob Lawson hadn’t been returned.
When Lawson finally called the family, he apparently claimed that he had gotten a short distance from their new home and was walking Igor at a rest area when the dog heard a noise, pulled the leash from his hands, and ran away. Lawson claimed that he had not seen the dog since. The Juhalas are asking that anyone with information about Igor contact the KPLC-TV news team, which has been following his story.
As the Juhalas learned, it is never safe to hand animals over to a stranger to transport them. They could be abused, lost, or even sold to a laboratory. The cargo hold of a plane is no place for animals, either, as they can fall victim to extreme temperatures, sometimes resulting in death. The safest option is to insist that our animals fly with us in the cabin or to drive them to the destination ourselves.
Written by Michelle Sherrow