August 2011 - death

Delta 1572 Date and Time of Incident 11August2011, 6:30 AM Type of Incident: Death Description of Animal Breed: German Short Hair Pointer, Age: Two years, six months Description of Incident: A German Short Haired Pointer was accepted for transportation as checked baggage from Portland, OR to Fayetteville, NC, via Atlanta GA. The pet had sustained a recent injury, was medicated and appeared very docile at the origin. It was noted that it had passed away upon arrival in Atlanta. A necropsy was performed. Cause of Incident: A cause of death was not apparent by the histological findings of the necropsy. The diagnosis included a hip fracture, lung congestion, lung inflammation and a kidney laceration. The pelvic fracture and other findings were not the cause of death. Corrective Action Taken: A system wide reminder will be published by September 22, 2012 on the importance of adherence to Delta Air Lines acceptance policies, confirming Delta does not accept animals which exhibit signs of injury, distress, or are demonstrating efforts to escape and that Delta reserves the right to refuse pets as checked baggage if the health of the animal is in question and/or if the animal’s health may be jeopardized by the extreme conditions. Follow-up with the station will be done to develop a local corrective action plan as well.


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