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New Delhi: Up to 38 puppies were found dead in a cargo plane from Ukraine that landed in Toronto last week. According to reports, nearly 500 puppies were on board the flight that landed in Pearson International Airport out of which many were found dehydrated and weak upon arrival.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has now initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident, that has left animal lovers horrified following the death of 38 puppies on board.

Many described the unfortunate incident as “horror show” and slammed the Ukranian Airlines that carried the 500-odd puppies to their destination.

Abby Lorenzen, a professional show dog handler took to facebook and wrote, ”I truly hope this is an awakening for all! It’s sad and unfortunate a tragic situation like this happened. These animals suffered the most. Their pure innocent silence, found a human voice to speak up for them. For years this has been an ongoing issue. With mass puppy imports for resale, so many sick animals coming in on nothing but pure negligence on behalf of humans and the ol’ mighty dollar in mind.”

She also posted images of the dogs that showed them packed together in a tight space. Many raised questions on why the puppies were transported at such high temperatures and in gross violation of industry animal safety standards.

Executive director of the Canadian branch of Humane Society International Rebecca Aldworth while speaking to an international media outlet said, “Responsible airlines will not transfer transport animals in extreme heat, because they know there is a risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and even suffocation. And I would question what airline has the capacity to put 500 dogs on one plane.”

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