June 2011 - death
Parent Category: Air Travel Pet Incident Reports
Date of Incident: June 24, 2011
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Routing: Pittsburg, PA (PIT) – Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Phoenix, AZ (PHX); Flight 344
Consignee/Owner/Guardian: Mr. Lee Hughes
44B Bethany Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Description of Animal: 11yr old female, domesticated short hair feline named “Phoebe”
Description of Incident: Delta Cargo accepted two domestic shorthaired cats on June 24, 2011, for transport from PIT via ATL to PHX. All documents were reviewed and processed in accordance with Delta’s live animal procedures. Phoebe and her companion, Newman, were loaded on board DL 344, which departed PIT at approximately 15:11. At the time of departure, the temperature in PIT was approximately 66F. The flight arrived into ATL ten minutes behind its scheduled arrival time of 16:32. Upon unloading, the ramp crew noticed that one cat was lying down in its kennel and was unresponsive. Both cats were immediately delivered to our temperature-controlled animal holding room and their owner was contacted. The remaining cat, Newman continued its journey to PHX and arrived without incident.
Cause of Incident: A necropsy was performed by the Athens Diagnostic Laboratory College of Veterinary Medicine. The doctor’s comments regarding the cause of death were the microscopic findings are characteristic of chronic heart failure secondary to myocardial fibrosis of an undetermined etiology.
Corrective Action Taken: None Warranted