Jet Blue crew helps dog in distress

Flight attendant Renaud Fenster poses with Darcy on the Massachusetts-bound flight

Flight attendant Renaud Fenster poses with Darcy on the Massachusetts-bound flight

Darcy, a French Bulldog, was on a flight from Florida to MA when she started having trouble breathing.

On Thursday night, 3-year-old French bulldog Darcy was on a flight from Florida to MA with owners Michelle and Steven Burt when she started showing signs of distress, ABC News reported.

Darcy, who was safely tucked into her carrier under the seats in front of the couple, was breathing heavily.

Flight attendants politely told her the dog had to remain under the seat due to regulations, but when she pointed out the medical crisis, they threw the rulebook aside and got her some bags of ice to help cool Darcy down.

Crew member Renaud Spencer holds Darcy after the dog was feeling better.

"Renaud, who explained that he also had a French Bulldog "Penelope" brought a small oxygen tank with a mask attached and offered it saying, 'Maybe this will help, '" Burt wrote, according to MassLive.


"We all are affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, human, canine and feline, etc., but the fact that the Attendants were responsive and attentive to the situation may have saved Darcy's life", owner Michele Burt wrote in a thank-you letter to JetBlue, which was posted on Facebook.

"I thought perhaps she was warm and loosened the zipper on her carry-on so she could poke her face out", Mrs Burt wrote. "I believe [Spencer] and [Asher] saved a life".

She added Darcy has made a complete recovery but she will not fly the dog with her in future without a vet's clearance.

Fenster then said he "decided that we needed to consider using oxygen to support the animal".

The Burt's sent a letter to the airline praising the flight crew for helping Darcy.

In a statement to ABC 7 in NY and other media outlets, JetBlue said they were happy their crew members went "above and beyond" to help the dog and that Burt's thank-you letter would be forwarded to higher-ups so the attendants can be recognized for their kindness. "We're thankful for our crew's quick thinking and glad everyone involved was breathing easier when the plane landed in Worcester".

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