Incident Date: May 09, 2008
Report Date: July 2008
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 5 years
Flight Number: 34
Originating Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Destination Airport: LGW (London Gatwick)
Reporting Airport: LGW (London Gatwick)
INCIDENT #2 CO Flight #34 Houston to London Dog â€“ Pug / 6 years old May 9, 2008 Male/ Name: â€œGizmoâ€
Description of the Incident: This customer was shipping her dog to London and upon arrival at Londonâ€™s Gatwick Airport, the dog was found deceased in its crate when agents opened the aircraft bin door.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: It was confirmed that all procedures were followed as it pertains to international travel and there were no equipment failures. There were also no external signs of trauma, etc. A necropsy was performed in London by a local veterinarian at Continentalâ€™s expense. The necropsy revealed that, â€œThe dog was grossly overweight for the breedâ€¦Internal observations: large amount of fatâ€¦.Heart: Large amount of pericardial fat surrounding the cardiac muscle. Overall, histological findings mirror the gross post mortem findings â€“ severe pulmonary congestion, edema with patchy atelectasis and emphysemaâ€¦.these changes reflect cardiorespiratory effort, i.e. stress-related tachypnoea in an overweight, brachycephalic dog. Terminal visceral blood pooling could also be partially responsible.â€
Description of any corrective action taken: None. The death of this pet was not transit related.