Incident Date: Jul 01, 2005
Report Date: September 2005
Incident Type: Loss
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: 12 years
Flight Number: 784
Originating Airport: EWR (Newark Liberty Intl)
Destination Airport: PDX (Portland Intl)
Reporting Airport: PDX (Portland Intl)
Description of the Incident: Animal was decease inside his kennel upon arrival of the aircraft at Portland, Oregon, aboard non-stop flight from Newark.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: Customer admitted that the animal was ill with heart problems and that the Shipper had sedated the animal prior to tendering it to Continental by giving it an over-the-counter (human) allergy medication. The Shipper also falsely signed Continentalâ€™s acceptance document which states that the â€œanimal has not been sedatedâ€. Customer refused to allow Continental Airlines to perform a necropsy and no claim was filed.
Description of any corrective action taken: Continentalâ€™s policy, based on Veterinarian recommendation, is not to accept any animal that it knows has been sedated, and that policy will continue.