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Airline: Continental
Incident Date: Jun 24, 2010
Report Date: August 2010
Incident Type: Death
Animal: Dog
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 8 years
Flight Number: CO1123
Originating Airport: EWR (Newark Liberty Intl)
Destination Airport: LAS (Mc Carran Intl)
Reporting Airport: LAS (Mc Carran Intl)


Report:

INCIDENT #2: CO Flight #1123 from Newark to Las Vegas Dog – Pug / age 8yrs June 24, 2010 Male / Name: “Buster”

Owner/Guardian REDACTED

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION

Description of the Incident: Buster arrived deceased in Las Vegas, NV

Page 2 June 1-30, 2010 Report to the DOT

Description of the Cause of the Incident: A necropsy was performed at Continental’s expense and the Veterinarian noted in the gross necropsy that Buster was obese and had a tumor on his spleen and abnormal tissue in his lungs. She noted “no trauma to the body” and thinks that Buster died in his sleep based on her examination. While the Histopathology report stated that a cause of death was not apparent, it noted that this “breed of dog has conformational changes that affect air movement through the upper respiratory system…Thermoregulation in dogs is primarily achieved via panting and the combination of the conformational abnormalities of the Pug breed and the overconditioned nature of this dog may have made it more sensitive or less able to adapt..”

Description of any corrective action taken: None. The death of this pet was not related to Continental Airlines’ handling or equipment.

PetFlight Report:
August 2010 Airline Pet Travel Report

Link to original report:
http://airconsumer.dot.gov/reports/2010/August/Continental_June10.doc

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