Airline: United Airlines
Incident Date: Jun 09, 2005
Report Date: August 2005
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: Yes Definition
Animal Age: 2 years
Flight Number: 251
Originating Airport: PIT (Pittsburgh International)
Destination Airport: PDX (Portland Intl)
Reporting Airport: DEN (Denver Intl)
Description of incident: Buju, an English Bulldog, was traveling with a companion dog in a separate kennel. The dogs were boarded in Pittsburgh with a scheduled stop in Denver where they would be transferred to a Portland Oregon flight. One of the dogs, Buju, was deceased upon arrival of United flight 251 in Denver.
Description of cause of the incident: A necropsy stated that death was due to pulmonary congestion and edema. No intercurrent or pre-existent disease was identified that predisposed to pulmonary changes and death, except for the abnormal morphology of the upper airway which is characteristic of the English Bulldog breed. The pathology report noted there was no evidence of trauma.
Description of any corrective action taken: No corrective action was taken or warranted as United procedures were followed.