Incident Date: Jul 03, 2007
Report Date: September 2007
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 3 years
Flight Number: 586
Originating Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Destination Airport: MCO (Orlando Intl)
Reporting Airport: MCO (Orlando Intl)
CO Flight #586 Houston - Orlando Dog - English Bulldog / 3 years old July 3, 2007 Male / Name: â€œHerculesâ€
Narrative Description: Description of the Incident: The dog was traveling from Los Angeles to Orlando with a connecting flight in Houston. He appeared to be fine in Houston, but arrived deceased into Orlando.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: There was no apparent cause for this animalâ€™s death. All procedures had been followed, and the temperatures were very mild as the dog flew on the overnight flight from LAX - IAH. The Houston ground time was short and there was low clouds / drizzle and the ambient temperatures were in the low 70â€™s at 6:45am.
The customer consented to a necropsy at their own vet, for which Continental paid, and the necropsy results were, â€œâ€¦terminal circulatory collapse/shock associated with Brachycephalic airway syndrome..â€ It went on to say, â€œIn this patient, there was also diffuse, severe, acute nasal and laryngeal congestion.â€ The veterinarian concluded that, â€œBrachycephalic airway syndrome exacerbated by hyperthermia and stress is more likely to have resulted in the death of this dog.â€
Description of any corrective action taken: None. The animalâ€™s death was not transit-related