HOUSTON -- A dog returning to the United States with a soldier s family was euthanized after suffering heat stroke in Houston while in the care of United Airlines.

Rachel Estes tells the Houston Chronicle that she and her 5-year-old daughter were returning to North Carolina from South Korea, where her husband was completing a tour of duty. She says the family s two cats arrived in Charlotte, N.C., a day after the family s arrival, but their 14-pound terrier had to be euthanized at a veterinary clinic near Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The dog s medical chart at Animal Emergency clinic Northeast in Humble showed the dog arrived collapsed in its carrier tangled up in harness, and heat stroke.

United Airlines said in a statement that it wasn t responsible for the death.

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