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Death Of ‘Kokito’ The French Bulldog Resurrects #BoycottUnited

March 14, 2018 - 7:05 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- The death of Kokito the French Bulldog puppy has given new life to #BoycottUnited.

One traveler tweeted, "now they're abusing and murdering animals."

The 10-month-old dog died on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York.

United claims Kokito's death was a tragic accident, that the flight attendant saw a bag blocking the aisle and did not know there was a dog in it. The owner's 11-year-old daughter Sophia said her mother told the attendant.

"We're like, 'it's a dog, it's a dog,' and she's like, 'it doesn't matter, you still have to put it up there," Sophia Ceballos said.

Her mother claims the flight attendant felt the bag.
 
United said it was taking responsibility for the incident on the Monday night flight, saying pets should never be put in the overhead storage compartment.
 
Other passengers posted photos of the customer and her children after the flight.

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel. There was no movement as his family called his name. I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body. My heart broke with theirs as I realized he was gone," June Lara posted on Facebook.
 
Passengers say they heard barking during the flight and didn't know that the dog had died until the plane landed at LaGuardia Airport.

Another passenger posted a picture of the dog's owner at LaGuardia and said she wanted to help her.

In a statement, United called it “a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin.”

Last year, 18 animals died while being transported on United — there were six cases on all other U.S. carriers combined, according to the Department of Transportation.

United has suffered a string of incidents that generated bad publicity in the last two years, including the violent removal of a passenger from a United Express plane to make room for a crew member, and the death of a giant rabbit — its Iowa owners sued the airline, which they said cremated the animal to destroy evidence about the cause of death.