Delta Offers Owner of Dead Kitten $50

by Libby Zay 
Posted Feb 16th 2011 10:00 AMUpdated Feb 16th 2011 10:51 AM

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The owner of a kitten that died after being transported in the cargo hold on a Delta plane says the airline is only offering to refund her airfare plus $50.

The hairless kitten, named Snickers, froze after flying from Utah to Connecticut last month when a door latch malfunctioned in 10-degree weather. It took nearly an hour to unload the kitten.

Heather Lombardi says Delta initially told her she would get $2,900 for the cat and $290 for airfare, plus reimbursement for vet bills and a freezer where Snickers is being kept until the ground thaws for burial.

But on Tuesday, the airline changed its offer to airfare plus 50 cents per pound, although there is a $50 minimum payout.

Delta spokesman Anthony L. Black tells AP the offer is a standard cargo reimbursement and says talks are ongoing.

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