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Animal Incident Report

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Animal Incident ReportAnimal

    Animal Incident Report

    to the U.S. Department of Transportation

    Pursuant to 14 CFR ? 234.13

    Reporting Period: April 1-30, 2011

    REDACTED

    May 16, 2011

    TOTAL ANIMALS SHPPED DURING REPORTING PERIOD: 5,981

    TOTAL REPORTABLE INCIDENTS DURING PERIOD: 1

    % OF REPORTABLE INCIDENTS TO ANIMALS HANDLED: 0.01%

INCIDENT #1:

    CO flight #440 Salt Lake City Houston Dog English Bulldog / 3 yrs old

    April 1, 2011 Female / Animal’s Name: “Gwen”

Owner/Guardian

    REDACTED

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION

Description of the Incident:

    Before Gwen was loaded on her connecting flight in Houston, the agent noticed that she was not breathing well. She was immediately removed from the flight line and taken for emergency Veterinary care. After 2 days of Veterinary Critical Care, Gwen went into respiratory arrest and died at the animal hospital under the care of Veterinary Specialist.

Description of the Cause of the Incident:

    According to the necropsy report, “…the parenchymal exhibits widespread partial pulmonary atelectasis ..” which led to this animal getting into breathing trouble during the stress of transport. Without the ability to react normally to this stress, the animal went into respiratory failure which was the eventual cause of death.

Description of any corrective action taken:

    None, as this death was not related to Continental Airlines’ handling.

    Animal Incident Report

    to the U.S. Department of Transportation

    Pursuant to 14 CFR ? 234.13

    Reporting Period: June 1-30, 2011

    REDACTED

    July 15, 2011

    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 DogDogue De Bordeaux (French Mastiff)/age 2 yrs

    June 18, 2011 Male / Name: “Duke”

Owner/Guardian

    REDACTED

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION

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.

INCIDENT #2:

    CO flight #12 Honolulu to Los Angeles Cat Dom short hair - Male /age approx 5 yrs

    June 25, 2011 Male / Name: “Koohi”

Owner/Guardian

    REDACTED

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION

Description of the Incident:

    Koohi was on his way to the aircraft in Honolulu when he managed to escape his crate. It was zip tied but he still was able to push the door out enough to squeeze through the top. Koohi was found 3 days later lying deceased on airport property.

Description of the Cause of the Incident:

    Koohi escaped his crate and was loose within the secure area of the Honolulu Airport for three days while several people searched for him. Reward posters and live traps were used but despite our efforts, he was found deceased on airport property on day 3. A necropsy was performed and the cause of death could not be determined. The Veterinarian in charge believes that he could’ve perished from dehydration and heat

    exhaustion.

Description of any corrective action taken:

Honolulu Vendor company was put on warning and their accepting agent was disciplined regarding the proper

placement of our mandatory zip ties.

    Animal Incident Report

    to the U.S. Department of Transportation

    Pursuant to 14 CFR ? 234.13

    Reporting Period: August 1-31, 2011

    REDACTED

    August 15, 2011

    TOTAL ANIMALS SHPPED DURING REPORTING PERIOD: 10,529

    TOTAL REPORTABLE INCIDENTS DURING PERIOD: 1

    % OF REPORTABLE INCIDENTS TO ANIMALS HANDLED: 0.01%

INCIDENT #1:

    CO flight #1463 Houston to Salt Lake City Dog Yorkshire Terrier / 10 years old

    August 11, 2011 Male / Name: “Chuy”

Owner/Guardian

REDACTED

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION

Description of the Incident:

    Upon arrival into Salt Lake City, the pet Yorkie was deceased.

Description of the Cause of the Incident:

    The owners declined Continental’s offer to conduct a necropsy on their pet and opted to take it home and bury their pet at home. They commented that their dog was very old and wasn’t well and had diabetes. They also said they had expected this to happen. Chuy had also never been in a kennel before nor had he flown but they had no choice but to bring him with them. They thanked our agents for caring for him and for their sympathy and said they did not blame Continental nor did they feel we had done anything wrong. An internal investigation showed that the animal was handled properly throughout the journey from Cleveland to Houston to Salt Lake City, and there appeared to be no issues until arrival.

Description of any corrective action taken:

    None as the cause of death was likely a preexisting condition and not related to Continental Airlines’ handling.

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