38 French bulldog puppies have been found dead on a plane upon arrival into Toronto Pearson Airport from Ukraine.
Authorities are now investigating after Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight came into Canada with 500 puppies on it – many of them sick.
According to the CFIA, the body responsible for regulating animals imported into Canada, many of the dogs were ill when they came into Toronto on June 13, the NZ Herald reports.
“Upon arrival, many of the dogs were suffering from dehydration, weakness and/or vomiting,” a CFIA spokesperson said.
“CFIA officials are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and will determine next steps once the investigation is complete.”
38 of the puppies on board sadly passed away during the journey.
The airline responsible for carrying the puppies has since released a statement, offering their condolences.
“Everyone at UIA offers its condolences for the tragic loss of animal life on our flight,” they wrote on Facebook.
“UIA is working with local authorities to determine what happened and to make any changes necessary to prevent such a situation from occurring again.”
According to the NZ Herald, footage circulating on social media appeared to show the puppies in crates with claims the temperature was 33C at the time.
Show dog handler, Abby Lorenzen, who was there picking up another animal, described what she saw as a “horror scene”.
“It was just a nightmare,” she said to local media.
“Canada and the federal government need to change the laws on the importation of these puppies.”
Canadian authorities are now investigating.