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Jul 16, 2010 12:15 PM by David Ortiviz, News First 5

Short-snouted dogs most likely to die on planes

Short-snouted breeds such as bulldogs and pugs account for roughly half the purebred dog deaths on airplanes in the past five years.

The Transportation Department said Friday that at least 122 dog deaths were reported since May 2005, when U.S. airlines were required to start disclosing them. The dogs died while being shipped as cargo.

English bulldogs account for the single highest number of deaths among the 108 purebreds on the list: 25. Pugs were next, with 11 deaths, followed by golden retrievers and labradors, with seven deaths each, and French bulldogs with six.

The DOT says owners should consult with veterinarians before putting their dogs on planes. The agency says it believes the deaths represent a tiny percentage of the pets shipped on airlines.

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