Incident Date: May 15, 2005
Report Date: July 2005
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: 8 years 7 months
Flight Number: CO14
Originating Airport: HNL (Honolulu Intl)
Destination Airport: EWR (Newark Liberty Intl)
Reporting Airport: EWR (Newark Liberty Intl)
Description of the Incident: Arrived off of Continental flight 14 from Honolulu to Newark Liberty deceased.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: The dog died of natural causes, not because of transit. A necropsy was performed on the deceased animal immediately upon arrival into Newark (with the owner's approval). The necropsy stated that the animal appeared obese (87 lbs) and that it suffered from degenerative cardiomyopathy with chronic epicarditis. The animal also had acute congestion and adema of the lungs with plueritis. The examining veterinarian's statement on the necropsy stated the following: "This individual had a severe and degenerative heart problem. Acute cardiovascular collapse was the likely cause of death." This animal died of a pre-existing condition and death was not transit related.
Description of any corrective action taken: None. Continentalâ€™s policy was followed.