Incident Date: Aug 30, 2008
Report Date: October 2008
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 10 years
Flight Number: 1622
Originating Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Destination Airport: PDX (Portland Intl)
Reporting Airport: PDX (Portland Intl)
INCIDENT #2 CO Flight #1622 Houston to Portland, OR Dog â€“ Pug / 10 yrs old August 30, 2008 Female/ Name: â€œSissyâ€
Description of the Incident: Upon arrival of the flight into Portland, OR the Pug was found lying in her crate deceased.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: A necropsy was performed at location in Oregon at Continentalâ€™s expense and the Pathologist noted that the final diagnosis was â€œTracheal hypoplasia, a slipped femur and arthrosisâ€. The Pathologist noted that the slipped femur and arthrosis were chronic conditions that were unlikely to have caused the dogâ€™s demise; however, they noted that Sissy likely died from â€œrespiratory insufficiency, which is an inherent problem for brachiocephalic dogs.â€
Description of any corrective action taken: None. The death of this pet was clearly a pre-existing condition and not transit related.