Incident Date: Jul 10, 2006
Report Date: September 2006
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: 6 years
Flight Number: CO486
Originating Airport: EWR (Newark Liberty Intl)
Destination Airport: SJU (Luis Munoz Marin Intl)
Reporting Airport: SJU (Luis Munoz Marin Intl)
CO Flight #486 EWR-SJU Dog - Mixed breed Name: "Joey" July 10, 2006 Male, 6 yrs old
Description of the Incident: This dog was discovered loose inside the cargo bin upon arrival of the aircraft, and was lying on its side. He had chewed and pushed out the side metal vent on his dog crate, and escaped the crate during flight. Animal was immediately rushed to a local veterinarian for care, and passed away several hours after arriving at the vet's clinic.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: Veterinarian's necropsy stated that the cause of death was "acute moderate to severe pulmonary edema and congestion, moderate bilateral glomerulosclerosis and splenic siderotic plaques". These are indicative of preexisting conditions, and the report also stated that "the cause of death is not consistent with or related to the movement or transportation of the animal".
Description of any corrective action taken: None. The animal's death was not transit related.