Incident Date: Jun 18, 2011
Report Date: August 2011
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 2 years
Flight Number: CO 4
Originating Airport: MSY (Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl)
Destination Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Reporting Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
TOTAL ANIMALS SHPPED DURING REPORTING PERIOD: 10,435 TOTAL REPORTABLE INCIDENTS DURING PERIOD: 2 % OF REPORTABLE INCIDENTS TO ANIMALS HANDLED: 0.02%
INCIDENT #1: CO flight #4 New Orleans to Houston Dog–Dogue De Bordeaux (French Mastiff)/age 2 yrs June 18, 2011 Male / Name: “Duke”
Description of the Incident: Dog was loaded in New Orleans without incident along with a second customer’s pet in the same compartment. Upon arrival in Houston (1 hour later), Duke was in obvious distress and was quickly transported from the aircraft to the kennel area for assistance but died prior to being able to reach an Emergency Veterinary clinic.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: According to the necropsy report performed by the Texas State Laboratory at Texas A&M University, by a Board Certified Veterinary Pathologist ... states that there were pre-existing conditions of pneumonitis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The pneumonitis being equivalent to pneumonia .. an inflammation of the lung tissue; and the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy the pre-exisiting cardiac disease often found in the Giant breeds of dogs.
Description of any corrective action taken: None as the cause of death was clearly a preexisting condition and not related to Continental Airlines’ handling.