Let me start by saying that the few transport flights I`ve flown have been some of the best times of my life. I LOVE dogs, and there was a point in my life years ago that I thought my lab was all I had left in this world. This past weekend flying 2 lab pups brought back a lot of fond memories, and I`ll admit to getting a small lump in my throat when I picked them up at the airport. I trust dogs WAY more than humans, and will go out of my way to help one have a happy life. I`m not an animal "lover" as I enjoy ethical hunting and fishing, especially with a good dog. Get the point?
I had wondered about things like in the article going on, especially when someone contacts me(on several occasions) about doing flights that all seem to be going to the same 2 northeastern states, and the request comes from a person who lives somewhere not even close to the beginning or ending point, nor even in one of the states the flight path crosses over. Strange thing is that I know of 3 transports that have been cancelled abruptly, one without my knowledge even after I did a flight plan, one even attributed to their "weekly van load" having space available.
From the article....."Sometimes there is a middleman or group who takes the animal to its final owner. That person or group also needs to be credentialed, she said. Many times, she said, there is a tangled web of foster homes"
I guess I`ll just start to fly only for established rescues, or others that can provide reputable, or verifyable, references. As a veteran, servicemember`s dog(s) will always be welcome to fly with me. I fully believe in the PnP organization, and will do anything I can to support it.
If you`re asking me to fly your animal for the sole purpose of the sender/receiver`s profit, you have more to worry about than the law catching up to you I`ve spent over 14hrs in the air flying dogs in the last 30 days. It isn`t cheap. If I was to ever find out I flew a "for profit" animal, I`m afraid I`d just have to extract my portion of the profits out of someone`s hind end.
Y`all have a nice day. Sorry for the rant, but stuff like the article references really ticks me off......