Incident Date: Sep 22, 2007
Report Date: November 2007
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 4 years
Flight Number: 739
Originating Airport: HOU (William P Hobby)
Destination Airport: SAN (San Diego Intl)
Reporting Airport: SAN (San Diego Intl)
CO Flight #739 Houston - San Diego Dog - English Bulldog / 4 yrs. old September 22, 2007 Male / Name: â€œLokiâ€
Narrative Description: Description of the Incident: The animal was tendered in Houston for a non-stop flight, and upon arrival into San Diego, the animal was deceased in his crate.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: The Bulldog was tendered at 8:25am in Houston in the mild temperatures of late September, transported in an air-conditioned van to the aircraft and placed in the cargo hold of the aircraft where temperatures remained at approximately 50-70degrees while in flight. According to the necropsy report, â€œWidespread visceral congestion is taken as evidence of acute cardiovascular collapse; however, the underlying cause is not apparent.â€ The necropsy diagnosis was, â€œpossible heat stroke or aspiration of vomitusâ€.
Description of any corrective action taken: None. The animalâ€™s death was most likely a result of the inherent problems of this breed when they are stressed or over excited and the difficulty they have breathing / panting and expelling heat. As environmental conditions in this case were ideal during transport, there is no evidence that the animalâ€™s death was transit related.