Airline: United Airlines
Incident Date: Mar 15, 2012
Report Date: May 2012
Incident Type: Death
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: 4 years
Flight Number: UA 1161
Originating Airport: SAT (San Antonio Intl)
Destination Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
Reporting Airport: IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston)
INCIDENT #1: UA flight #1161 San Antonio to Houston Dog– Chihuahua / 4years old / 19 lbs. March 15, 2012 Male
Description of the Incident: Pet arrived Houston and was noticed barely breathing. Agents on site immediately sought emergency treatment for the pet but it died prior to reaching the clinic.
Description of the Cause of the Incident: A necropsy was performed and it was noted that, “…lesions within the lung of marked congestion and edema would explain the clinical difficulty of breathing and may have been ultimately the cause of death of this particular animal. The changes within the kidney would be indicative of compromised glomerular function that may have … allowed the pulmonary edema to form more quickly in this animal than would be the case in an individual with normal kidney function.” Additionally, the Histopathologist noted that “Changes within the liver of lipidosis are an incidental finding and would be associated with the obese animal.” (19lbs body weight).
Description of any corrective action taken: None as the cause of death was likely a preexisting condition and not related to United Airlines’ handling.