07-27-ac-planeAir Canada says one of its pilots diverted an international flight to ensure a dog could travel in safety.

The dog, identified in media reports as Simba, was travelling in the cargo hold of a flight bound to Toronto from Tel Aviv.

En route, however, the unidentified pilot got an indicator that one of the heaters in the cargo hold had malfunctioned.

Air Canada rules state that minimum ambient temperatures need to be at a minimum of 10 degrees when dealing with canine travellers.