Bangor Daily News out of Bangor, Maine, two dogs that belonged to actor John Travolta and his family were accidentally struck and killed on the tarmac early last Thursday morning by an employee at Bangor International Airport. Here's an excerpt:
An e-mail sent late last week by Bangor Interim City Manager Bob Farrar to the nine city councilors, which was obtained by the Bangor Daily News, confirmed the accident.
Asked to verify the details contained in that e-mail, the city released this statement:
“At approximately 1 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2010, an airplane carrying members of the John Travolta family landed at BIA. While there, two small dogs were taken for a walk by someone who is not a family member. An airport service pickup truck was approaching the airplane to service the airplane and did not see the dogs. Unfortunately, the dogs were struck and killed. The airport is investigating the accident. Out of respect for the family’s privacy the city will make no further comment.”
It’s unclear whether any charges would be filed against the employee, who has not been named. Airport Director Rebecca Hupp also didn’t know whether the dogs were on leashes or not or what breed of dogs they were. The assistant who was walking the dogs was unharmed. The plane landed and was serviced at the main domestic terminal section of BIA.
All we have heard outside of this is that a spokesman for the family has said that the dogs were indeed on leashes.
Looking back to Celebrity Dachshund Watch: John Travolta and Kelly Preston, the Travoltas had 3 dogs in 2008: a Rhodesian Ridgeback, a Cocker Spaniel, and a Dachshund named 'Prudence.'
In somewhat brighter news, the Travoltas are expecting a new human addition to their family.