On Monday, a puppy died on a United Airlines flight after a flight attendant ordered the passenger to place the dog in an overhead bin on the aircraft. The flight took off from Houston headed to New York’s Laguardia Airport.
According to a Facebook post, a passenger June Lara, was on that flight and told the heartbreaking story:
“Today, I boarded my first United Airlines flight.
On my way, I saw a Frenchie that looked identical to my own precious Winston. He was with his family – a young girl, no older than 8, her toddler sibling and their mother. He was meant to grow, learn, cry, play with those young children and be their furry friend. He was meant to live a long life filling that family’s days with that special joy that only a dog can bring.”
Who doesn’t love to cuddle on a puppy, and the passenger continued the story:
“I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky – who doesn’t when they get to sit near a puppy? However, the flight attendants of flight UA1284 felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water. They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow. They assured the safety of the family’s pet so wearily, the mother agreed.”
And for the next three hours the puppy stayed in the overhead bin. He was not given any water nor were the children allowed to take him out; for awhile he cried.
“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.”
According to ABCNews, United Airlines has taken full responsibility for the death of the dog and apologized for what they called a “tragic accident.”
“This was a tragic accident that should have never occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin,” United said in a statement. “We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”
Air travel can be risky for pets and brachycephalic breeds (dogs referring to their short noses and flat faces) which makes them more susceptible to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke.
“This little guy fought hard for his life, filling our flight with his cries until he finally ran out of breath. United Airlines does not care about the safety of their furry travelers. This poor family paid $125 for their pet to be murdered in front of them. There is no excuse for the pain this family is suffering.
Today, I boarded my last United Airlines flight.
(Photos via June Lara Facebook)
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