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Airline: Delta
Incident Date: Feb 14, 2011
Report Date: April 2011
Incident Type: Death
Animal: Dog
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: DL 0014
Originating Airport: CSG (Columbus Metropolitan)
Destination Airport: FRA (Frankfurt International Airport )
Reporting Airport: FRA (Frankfurt International Airport )


Carrier: Delta Air Lines

Flight Number: DL 0014

Date and Time of Incident 14 February 2011, 0730

Type of Incident: Death

Description of Animal Breed: English Bulldog
Age: Young Adult

Description of Incident: Pet bulldog was travelling from Columbus GA, to Germany. The pet appeared to be in good condition in Columbus and when transferred in Atlanta. When received in Frankfurt Germany the dog was barely breathing. The bulldog died immediately after being unloaded. Aircraft maintenance records and crew reports indicate that no problems with the aircraft HVAC system. The temperature remained at about 65 F. Temperatures during loading and unloading did not exceed 65 F.

Cause of Incident: The German state veterinarian lab summarized that due to the characteristic features of this specific bulldog breed probably the stress experienced while travelling was the main reason the dog suffered from cardiovascular problems and did not survive. Acceptance agents in Columbus were advised the pet suffered from anxiety which may have exacerbated this condition. This bulldog exceeded airline age and weight restrictions.

Corrective Action Taken: Columbus GA acceptance agents have been cautioned to ensure compliance with restrictions both verbally and in writing.

PetFlight Report:
April 2011 Airline Pet Travel Report
Original Report

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