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Puppy Dies On United Flight From Houston To LaGuardia After Flight Attendant Orders Dog Put In Overhead Bin

March 13, 2018 - 6:13 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- A 10-month-old dog has died on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York after a flight attendant ordered the animal be put in the plane's overhead bin.
 
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.


 
Chicago-based United said Tuesday it is investigating the incident and talking to the flight attendant.

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.

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