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The following information comes from redacted incident reports submitted to the federal transportation department.
Carrier: Flight number: Date: Type: Description of animal: Animal name: Description of incident: Cause of Incident: Corrective action taken:
United 252 1/6/17 Injury Mastiff Shyla Injury While being removed from the aircraft, the pet carrier fell approximately 2 feet to the ground. Reviewed standard operating procedure with ramp personnel to prevent recurrence.
United 1232 1/12/17 Death Other - 2 Geckos were discovered deceased upon arrival at RDU Cause of death is undetermined. No medical exam was performed No corrective action required
United 813 1/16/17 Injury Other Libby Injury Dog clawed at shipping container while in transit, causing injury to its paw No corrective action required. Injury was self inflicted
United 2022 1/21/17 Death Other Rocco Death According to medical exam, the dog died of a cardiac abnormality due to a congenital heart disease. No corrective action required. Dog died of natural causes.
United 1223 1/28/17 Death American-Shorthair Hope Death Pet owner declined medical exam and suspected this 9 year old cat had heart failure. No corrective action required.
United 1527 2/4/17 Injury Rhodesian Ridgeback Sylas Self-inflicted injury to paws Self inflicted injury to paws caused by clawing at shipping container during transit No corrective action required: injury was self-inflicted
Alaska 894 2/21/17 Loss Other Gaige During ground transfer from the air cargo acceptance facility to the aircraft for loading, a cat was able to escape its kennel and out of the enclosed cart, while on the AOA at the Honolulu Int’l Airport. The Agent driving the cart with the animal noticed the empty kennel with front door ajar once planeside after opening the cart’s curtains. The Agent immediately contacted his supervisor, coordinating with local airport Wildlife and Animal Quarantine representatives to assist in the search and utilize traps to secure the cat. The shipper was contacted immediately to inform of the escape and to return to assist in the search. To this point, the cat has not been located. After a full investigation of cargo acceptance records, employee interviews, kennel condition, and handling procedures, we are currently unable to determine the root cause of the escape. Primary animal enclosure standards were met and additional company-directed security measures were applied (releasable zip-ties) at time of acceptance. While no direct corrective action was determined, our team in Honolulu has committed to reinforcing existing company and regulatory policies regarding the acceptance of live animals for air transport
United 1527 3/13/17 Death Bull Terrier Sadie Discovered deceased upon arrival at Denver, CO Post mortem exam attributed primary cause of death to gastric dilation No corrective action required: death was from natural cause.
United 829 3/21/17 Death Abyssinian Riko Death 3 year old dog escaped its shipping container during acceptance process. It evaded capture and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. United will review existing procedures to enhance security of animal during acceptance process.
United 105 4/26/17 Death Pug Domi 11 year old Pug discovered deceased upon arrival in Brazil. Pet owner refused medical exam to determine actual cause of death.Therefore the cause of death is unknown. No corrective action required. Cause of death is undetermined.
American 316 5/27/17 Death Golden Retriever Unknown Checked pet traveling on flight AA316 arrived in SJU 23:43 local time. Upon arrival in SJU it was discovered that checked pet had arrived deceased. The pet was taken to a local veterinarian for a necropsy None at this time -
United 929 6/17/17 Injury German Shepherd Dog Koda Injury One year old German Shepherd dog had apparently caused injury to its toe nails by clawing at interior of its wooden shipping container. He was evaluated and cleared to complete his journey. No corrective action required. Injury was self inflicted.
United 434 6/24/17 Death Spanish Alano Chocofan Death 2 yr old Spanish Alano mix arrived deceased from Newark, NJ to Orlando, FL. medical exam confirmed the cause of death as gastric dilation volvulus and torsion (gdvt) No corrective action required
United 1899 6/29/17 Injury Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Billly Injury 7 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel caused injury to its toe nails by clawing at interior of its plastic shipping container. No corrective action required: injury was self-inflicted
United 83 7/5/17 Death Labrador Retriever Tank 12 year old Labrador Mixed Breed dog was discovered deceased upon arrival on a flight from Delhi, India to Newark, New Jersey Gross diagnosis of medical exam concluded cause of death could not be determined by pathologic examination No corrective action taken
United 383 7/13/17 Death American-Shorthair Oliver 11year old cat arrived deceased to Denver, CO after traveling from Guam via Honolulu. Medical exam (necropsy) attributed cause of death to heart failure No corrective action required
Alaska 757 7/18/17 Death Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Chillie On arrival in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, ramp personnel working flight AS757 inbound from New Orleans International Airport reported that a seven year old female cavalier spaniel named Chillie was not moving and appeared to be lifeless. Alaska Airlines management personnel informed the owners and were given approval to conduct a necropsy. The histopathology report states the cause of death to be most likely acute cardiac arrest potentially associated with early subclinical cardiac insufficiency found during the necropsy. No evidence of trauma, infectious disease, or any struggling was reported in histopathology report. On arrival in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, ramp personnel working flight AS757 inbound from New Orleans International Airport reported that a seven year old female cavalier spaniel named Chillie was not moving and appeared to be lifeless. There is no evidence to suggest that the airline's handling contributed to the animal's death. No corrective actions required.
Alaska 894 7/21/17 Death Shiba Inu Ponzu On arrival into SEA on its scheduled flight from HNL, ramp agents reported a dog in a standard kennel in good condition, had attempted to exit the kennel by chewing through the upper left portion of the kennel above the grate door. During the likely attempt at exiting the kennel, the dog had made a large enough hole to push their head through but became trapped while exiting. It appears that during this process the animal had asphyxiated itself when they became stuck in the narrow hole. Ramp agents contacted the cargo management personnel who worked with the passenger on final handling of the animal. On arrival from AS894 from HNL-SEA, a three year old Shiba Inu named Ponzu was reported to be unresponsive by ramp personnel. These is no evidence to suggest that the airline's handling contributed to the animal's death. No corrective actions required.
United 384 7/24/17 Injury Collie Willow 9 year old Collie arrived injured after traveling aboard a non-stop flight from San Francisco, CA to Philadelphia, PA The dog had been chewing on its shipping container , thereby causing injury to itself No corrective action required. Injury was self inflicted
United 1815 8/6/17 Death Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Lulu 4 year old dog arrived deceased to San Francisco, CA. Medical exam (necropsy) attributed cause of death to heat stroke. 3 animals were on board flight 1815; the other 2 animals were healthy upon arrival into San Francisco, CA. No corrective action taken
Delta 645 8/14/17 Death Other - On August 14, 2017 a kitten was accepted for transport in Indianapolis, Indiana destined for Bozeman, Montana with a transfer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The kitten was accepted in apparent good health with all documentation and kenneling requirements met. The kitten was loaded on the originating flight with no irregularities. Upon arrival in Minneapolis the kitten was unloaded and taken to the animal holding area. At the time the kitten was picked up to be dispatched for the next flight the local staff in Minneapolis noticed the kitten unresponsive. The station staff in Minneapolis transported the kitten to local Veterinary services for evaluation. Veterinary services determined the kitten was deceased. According to the Necropsy provided by the University of Minnesota the kitten died from enteritis caused by intestinal feline corona virus with secondary spiral bacteria. No corrective action taken. The kitten suffered from pre-existing medical conditions.
United 2053 8/14/17 Injury Australian Shepherd Ajax 2 year old Australian Shepherd arrived injured in San Francisco, CA. Dog caused injury to its toe nails by clawing at interior of its shipping container. He was evaluated and cleared to complete his journey. No corrective action required. Injury was self-inflicted.
United 1928 8/14/17 Injury Belgian Malinois Rock 3.5 year old Belgian Malinois shipped from Boston, MA (BOS) to Newark, NJ (EWR) arrived with injuries. Dog injured self while escaping from plastic shipping container during flight. Vet report "revealed Rock to be laterally recumbent…" with bruising on his abdomen area. No corrective action required. Injury was self-inflicted.
Delta 1537 8/25/17 Death Australian Shepherd - On August 25, 2017 an Aussie Shepherd puppy was accepted for transport in Kansas City, Missouri destined for Providence, Rhode Island with a transfer in Detroit, Michigan. The puppy was accepted in apparent good health with all documentation and kenneling requirements met. The puppy was loaded on the originating flight with no irregularities along with three other animal shipments. Upon arrival in Detroit the puppy was unloaded and noticed unresponsive. The station staff in Detroit transported the puppy to a local Veterinarian. Veterinary services determined the puppy was deceased. The puppy was then transported to Michigan State University in order for a necropsy to be performed. According to the necropsy provided by Michigan State University the puppy died from acute myocardial necrosis No corrective action taken
United 1917 9/11/17 Injury Shiba Inu Ume 6.5 year old dog arrived with self-inflicted injuries in Austin, TX. Medical exam confirmed dog caused self-inflicted injury to nose and nail beds during flight. No corrective action taken
American 1129 9/12/17 Injury Poodle - The employee that brought the dog to BSO noticed feces and blood marks on the dog but could not inspect further due to the kennel being zipped tied closed. The employee contacted the owner on what he had observed and the owner proceeded to open the kennel. As the dog was being led away to the pet relief area, the dog had a bowel movement of feces and blood near the carousel. Owner stated landing was very rough and the dog may have been tousled around. Unknown if kennel was secured in the cargo compartment. Unknown
United 876 9/26/17 Death Pug Bella 8 year old pug was discovered deceased upon arrival in San Francisco, CA. Preliminary diagnosis of medical exam concluded cause of death could not be determined, however, there was an indication of preexisting heart disease, which may have contributed to sudden heart failure. No corrective action taken
United 1526 9/26/17 Injury Other Lexus Before leaving origin, 4 year old American Pit Bull Terrier was found to have self-inflicted injuries prior to boarding. The dog attempted to escape by chewing on its shipping container. Medical exam confirmed the dog fractured three teeth, and experienced oral bruising. Dog was returned to owner and did not fly. No corrective action taken
United 396 9/29/17 Injury Boxer Peanut Butter 8-year-old dog arrived with self-inflicted injuries in San Francisco, CA. Dog caused injury to its fifth digit toe nail during flight. He was evaluated and cleared to complete his journey. No corrective action taken.
United 1473 9/30/17 Death Other Hope 1 year old American Bully was discovered deceased upon arrival in Newark, NJ from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Preliminary exam was inconclusive; pathology is still pending. Cause of death is unknown at this time. No corrective action taken
United 155 10/10/17 Death Irish Water Spaniel Trek 2.5 year old dog discovered deceased upon arrival in Marshall Islands Dog was transported to Oahu for the medical exam, "None of the (autolytic) changes indicate a definitive cause for the death of this animal…The cause of death in this case is undetermined.” No corrective action taken.
Delta 1267 10/11/17 Injury Other Brady A pet dog “Brady” was accepted in Tampa, FL (TPA) for transport to Bermuda, VI (BDA). The canine was accepted in apparent good health with all documentation present. Brady was then transported from Tampa cargo to the aircraft for loading and staged in a ventilated area under shelter. The curtain of the transport cart was opened to allow air movement; the agent saw the dog had chewed through the metal door of the kennel and was outside of the kennel but in the transport conveyance. Before the agent could react to corral the dog, Brady jumped through the opened transport and escaped. The aircraft loading team immediately alerted airport authorities and local air carrier leadership of the event to begin search and rescue efforts. Brady was ultimately located and recovered on 26OCT by Animal Control on the Tampa airport property. Animal Control released Brady to the owners who took her to a local veterinarian for injuries sustained while escaping the kennel. The canine suffered self-inflicted injuries during its efforts to chew its way out of the primary conveyance. -
American 1090 10/16/17 Death German Shepherd Dog Kora Upon arrival of Flight 1090, the ground crew found the dog outside of the kennel with no visible signs of movement. It was also observed that a large hole was chewed through the side of the kennel. Cause of death is undetermined, a necropsy performed by local VCA Animal Hospital. N/A
United 1989 10/23/17 Death Devon-Rex Tabby 8 week old kitten was discovered deceased upon arrival in Chicago, IL Medical exam attributed cause of death to anxiety, limiting the oxygen flow in the respiratory system. No corrective action taken.
United 2405 10/23/17 Death Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mambo During the pet's layover, he appeared to be in distress, and was immediately transported to the vet. Dog became non-responsive at the time of arrival at hospital. Medical exam indicated he suffered from a cardiac dysfunction, which contributed to the death. No corrective action taken.
United 1682 11/3/17 Injury Mastiff Hirtsy Dog arrived in Chicago, IL with self-inflicted injuries to nails, gum, and tongue. Dog clawed and chewed on wooden kennel during the duration of the first leg. Vet cleared dog to continue travel in metal kennel. No corrective action taken. Injuries were self-inflicted.
United 1126 12/14/17 Injury Chow Chow Timber Dog arrived in Anchorage, AK with self-inflicted injury to front, right paw. Dog clawed the kennel during the duration of the second leg. After being evaluated, the dog was returned to owner. No corrective action taken. Injuries were self-inflicted.
United 0534 12/21/17 Death Other Unknown One of four pet Conure birds was discovered deceased at kenneling facility during layover. The cause of death is unknown No corrective action required. The cause of death is undetermined.
United 1773 12/22/17 Death Bulldog Bator Dog discovered deceased upon arrival in Newark, NJ. Medical Exam (Necropsy) still pending. No corrective action taken
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation

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