Incident Date: May 09, 2008
Report Date: July 2008
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 10 years
Flight Number: 1410
Originating Airport: SRQ (Sarasota/Bradenton Intl)
Destination Airport: EWR (Newark Liberty Intl)
Reporting Airport: EWR (Newark Liberty Intl)
INCIDENT #1: CO Flight #1410 Sarasota to Newark Dog â€“ Pekingnese Mix / 10 years old May 9, 2008 Male/ Name: â€œHarryâ€
Description of the Incident: This customer was traveling to France with her pet and upon arrival into Newark for her connecting flight, the dog was found deceased in its crate when agents opened the aircraft bin door.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: Temperatures in Sarasota upon departure were in the low 80â€™s and temperatures in Newark upon arrival were in the mid 50â€™s. There were no signs of any trauma, so a necropsy was performed at Continentalâ€™s expense. It concluded that, â€œHarry was overweight â€¦. And there was excess abdominal fatâ€¦.The heart appeared mildly enlarged. Histopathology revealed degenerative cardiomyopathy as the cause of death. Cardiomyopathy is a progressive disease causing weakening of the heart muscle.â€
Description of any corrective action taken: None. The death of this pet was not transit related.