July 2011 - injury
Parent Category: Air Travel Pet Incident Reports
Date of Incident: July 26, 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Routing: Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
Description of Animal: 6 year old, male, Mini Pincher named “Rocky”
Description of Incident: Rocky was presented to Delta for transport on board flight DL14 on July 26, 2011. All documents were reviewed and processed in accordance with Delta’s live animal procedures. DL14 had a schedule departure time of 1625, but departed approximately 43 minutes behind schedule. Rocky was delivered to DL14 in a temperature-controlled van along with two other dogs, which were also previously booked for travel to FRA. See waybills numbers 006-06619082 and 006-06608781. As handlers were unloading all three animals from the van, the lead ALA agent refused to accept Rocky stating his breathing seemed abnormal and citing the animal was lying on its side. After discussions with the leadership team, Rocky was immediately transported to Briarcliff Animal Hospital for emergency treatment. Due to Rocky’s progressive state, he was then transferred from Briarcliff to Southern Crescent Animal Emergency Clinic. Further discussions were had between Rocky’s owner and Southern Crescent concerning his critical state. Later that same day, doctors from Southern Crescent received authorization to end Rocky’s suffering and to lay him to rest. The other two animals, as noted above, were transported and arrived FRA without incident.
Cause of Incident: Medical notes from Southern Crescent Animal Emergency Clinic and Briarcliff Animal Hospital concur that Rocky aspirated food into his lungs and then had trouble breathing. According to the Live Animal Checklist, Rocky was last provided food at 1230 on July 26, 2011.
Corrective Action Taken: None Warranted