Incident Date: Sep 21, 2009
Report Date: November 2009
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 5 years
Flight Number: 1420
Originating Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Destination Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)
Reporting Airport: ATL (Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta Intl)
TOTAL ANIMALS SHIPPED DURING REPORTING PERIOD: 8,006 TOTAL REPORTABLE INCIDENTS DURING PERIOD: 1 % OF REPORTABLE INCIDENTS TO ANIMALS HANDLED: 0.01%
INCIDENT #1: CO Flight #1420 Houston to Atlanta Dog – Boston Terrier / age 5yrs September 21, 2009 Male / Name: “Buddy”
Description of the Incident: Buddy arrived Atlanta, GA deceased.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: A necropsy was performed at Continental’s expense and the Veterinarian noted after the gross necropsy that Buddy’s heart was enlarged and looked suspicious. The necropsy noted that histologic lesions were insufficient to determine the underlying cause of death. However, another Veterinarian reviewing the necropsy stated that “Buddy sustained heart failure probably related to respiratory distress… his heart could not pump enough blood to sustain life.”
Description of any corrective action taken: None. The death of this pet was not related to Continental’s handling or equipment.