Incident Date: Apr 01, 2011
Report Date: June 2011
Incident Type: Injury
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 3 years
Flight Number: 440
Originating Airport: SLC (Salt Lake City Intl)
Destination Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Reporting Airport: SLC (Salt Lake City Intl)
TOTAL ANIMALS SHPPED DURING REPORTING PERIOD: 5,981 TOTAL REPORTABLE INCIDENTS DURING PERIOD: 1 % OF REPORTABLE INCIDENTS TO ANIMALS HANDLED: 0.01%
INCIDENT #1: CO flight #440 Salt Lake City – Houston Dog – English Bulldog / 3 yrs old April 1, 2011 Female / Animal’s Name: “Gwen”
Description of the Incident: Before Gwen was loaded on her connecting flight in Houston, the agent noticed that she was not breathing well. She was immediately removed from the flight line and taken for emergency Veterinary care. After 2 days of Veterinary Critical Care, Gwen went into respiratory arrest and died at the animal hospital under the care of Veterinary Specialist.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: According to the necropsy report, “…the parenchymal exhibits widespread partial pulmonary atelectasis ..” which led to this animal getting into breathing trouble during the stress of transport. Without the ability to react normally to this stress, the animal went into respiratory failure which was the eventual cause of death.
Description of any corrective action taken: None, as this death was not related to Continental Airlines’ handling.