Puppy died on United flight after attendant ordered pet in overhead bin

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.

R.I.P Papacito”

(Photos via June Lara Facebook)

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40 replies
  1. Red says:

    I just would not have done it. They would have had to remove me from the flight before I would stuff my fur kid in an overhead bend. These people PAID $125 for Christ sake…why were they forced to stuff that baby (literally) in the overhead bin?
    Whoever insisted on this idiotic move should be fired!!! Obviously NOT a pet lover!

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  2. Marni says:

    Oh my gosh! where’s the petition????? does anyone have united airlines email. we must flood their email with our disgust

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  3. Stephen Phillips says:

    FUCK YOU – UNITED AIRLINES – AND YOUR PATHETIC, REPETITIOUS LAME-ASS EXCUSES YOUR DELIBERATE, MALICIOIS, LETHAL INCOMPETENCE!
    SUE THE SHIT OUTTA THEM!

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  4. Pamela Bolton says:

    Another reason iwill never fly No humans on board. Any human would NEVER put an animal in an overhead bin Hope they sue the crap out of them. What do they suggest they tell the kids about their dogs murder???

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    • Jacquie says:

      They should get the stewardess who insisted on putting the puppy in the overhead bin explain to the children why she murdered their puppy.

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  5. PAMELA D says:

    WHAT THE HELL WAS THE MATTER WITH THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT STATING THE DOG WOULD BE SAFE IN THE OVERHEAD BIN AND THE MOTHER BELIEVED IT? THIS POOR DOG DIED A TRAGIC DEATH. I ALSO BLAME THE OWNER TO THINK IT WAS A SAFE PLACE FOR THE DOG AND THE STUPID ASS FLIGHT ATTENDANT TELLS THE OWNER THAT BULLSHIT. THIS IS TERRIBLE. DIDN’T OTHER FLIGHT ATTENDANTS SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON AND REALIZED THEY HAD A MORON CO WORKER THIS WOULD HAVE STOPPED. 3 DAM HOURS FOR MURDERING THIS POOR DOG. THIS BREAKS MY HEART.

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    • Heather D Searles says:

      As tragic as it is the owner should have been a little smarter. She clearly bought a bag to put under the seat. And what about people sitting around her, why didn’t they speak up

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  6. Kathie says:

    How unbelievably and unnecessarily tragic. If United did indeed say in a statement that pets should not be placed in an overhead bin and that is their policy, the flight attendants plain and simple need to be fired. We all need to fill the United FB page with our concerns and comments and maybe something will be done. Rest in Peace, little pup. Prayers for the family.

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  7. slv says:

    I didn’t think FAA rules allowed a dog to go in the overhead. I thought it was suppose to go under the seat in front of you…..That F/A needs to be fired. UA needs to be sued.

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  8. lorraine sakli says:

    This is a travesty! Will never fly United. They should put the flight attendant in an overhead
    and see what happens to her! Sue united for all they’re worth. The owner has suffered a terrible loss while her child and the passengers looked on at the poor dead puppy. RIP sweet soul.

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  9. I care too much for dogs says:

    Wrong. Attendent needs to go to prison, be roommates with the most dangerous criminals, and get the electric chair.

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  10. Bunny Peters says:

    If this puppy was my pet, I would have argued over putting my pet in the overhead bin and demanded to see the head flight attendant……

    That cunt of a flight attendant should be fired immediately. It was obvious there was a dog in the bag. No air in overhead bins….. completely predictable that the dog would die……

    I think the family should sue both the flight attendant, personally and the airline……..

    RIP precious puppy…… humans failed you BIG TIME……. You deserved to grow up with your family and love and be loved…… you were cheated out of your life by a useless cunt who will burn in Hell forever for her cruelty to you. Here’s hoping she dies ASAP, alone, terrified, in pain and unloved……

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  11. Animal Advocate says:

    Disgusting! Heartbreaking! This poor family and poor little dog! Why wouldn’t they put the little furkid under the seat and luggage in the overhead. United needs to be sued, flight attendants fired and we should all pat on the United website! Appalling. Just like the lady thru made flush her guniea pig down the toilet after he was allowed on board! The passenger who witnessed this atrocity my heart goes out to as well. The idiotic flight attendants need to be arrested as well! Locked in an airtight compartment!

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  12. Gizmos Mommy says:

    I want to know the name of the bitch or the prick who ordered that puppy in an overhead bin! The savage add hole must be devoid of any brains whatsoever. If that maggot SOS isn’t fired then fuck United Airlines. A tragic accident??????? There’s no ventilation in those cabinets asswipe. I hope this goes all the way around the world. That is just unacceptable. If the pup was in an approved carrier, the pup could have been put under the seat. Think of the trauma those children witnessed.

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  13. Kathleen Douglas says:

    OG all these words are just flying around in my mind! Lots of swear words of course but the most important words are
    Lawsuit, Firing, Boycotting!

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  14. Barkley's Mom says:

    Another reason I will never let a pet of mind fly. What kind of a moron doesn’t know a dog will suffocate in an overhead bin? United can take all the blame and apologize all they want, it won’t bring that precious pup back to that family. This isn’t the first time I have seen a pet die in the hands of United Airlines and I’m sure is won’t be the last. They care nothing about these precious little lives!

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  15. Rebecca Soubra says:

    This is so outrageous!!!!!!! Why in the world would people on the flight let this happen and who in their right mind would put their animal in the overhead bin I would walk out, the flight attendant needs to be fired, this is digusting!

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  16. Laura Wurzel says:

    How stupid was the owner of that poor animal, who depended on to be safe. United Airlines alone should not be held responsible – charges should be brought against the owner, who as far as I’m concerned should not have had the puppy in the first place.

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  17. RJA says:

    This is a new level of stupid, and that poor baby paid for it by dying terrified, unable to breathe, and alone. I wouldn’t have done it either, I’d have gotten off the plane and fought with the airline after.
    I fly a lot, but never United. Hate them.

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  18. Jenni says:

    Poor little dog. What harm would it have done if left in the cabin with it’s family?
    Instead it dies terrified in a confined space with no fresh air or water.
    Such a stupid mistake. What a shame!

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  19. Adrienne says:

    The flight attendant who basically condemned this dog’s death should not only be fired, but she and United Airlines sued for this puppies death. She paid for this dog to fly in the plane and I am certain they knew what type of dog this was and that it would be ok. They have created so little space on an aircraft, that I am surprised we can even keep our own feet underneath our seats. So this small dog, for whatever reason, couldn’t be under a seat, so this so-called human (flight attendant) saw no problem in stuffing that dog in the overhead and lied to the mother by telling her there is air flow (for a fly or tiny bug), but being this type of dog with short nose and pushed in face, caused oxygen deprivation and heat stroke in this otherwise healthy dog. How could the other passengers and even flight attendants hear this dog barking/crying for a half hour and not react and do something. I wonder if a vet was on board this flight, would he have let this happen? People, you don’t have to be rude, violent and call the attendants names, but the passengers should have collectively demanded that the dog be removed and the mother leave the dog in the carrier on the floor in front of her. They could have done that and deal with what should have/could have been done instead. What that flight attendant did now was put another nail in United Airlines poor service and how they rationally deal with paying customers. They should never deal with issues on the plane but when they reach their destination when they get off the plane. Any pet owner,whether right or wrong would have been crying and so devastated that their fur-baby died in their care.

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  20. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    WTF!!!! I would NOT have done that, if they didn’t hear it crying why didn’t they check on the poor baby. This is just HORRIBLE!!!!!! They need to be PUNISHED for this. It’s not the first time this has happened with this AIRLINE!!!! Something has to change.

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  21. Nancy Raymond says:

    United Airlines must find their employees under rocks – this brain dead flight attendant did not care or was so poorly trained that she thought putting a live animal in the overhead compartment was acceptable. I saw this on the news and once again, United Airlines proved their incompetence and irresponsibility by allowing a puppy to die due to an irresponsible employee. They can apologize all they want – it means nothing. This airline killed an innocent dog – the attendant should be fired NOW and I hope this family sues the hell out of this crappy airline.

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  22. Deborah Dearmore says:

    Don’t fire the bitch put her in a bag in the undercarriage of the plane with no air or water for 3 hours and see if she makes it. Sue those sonofabitches for everything you can. It want bring back your baby but it might save someone else’s. I am so sorry for yout loss. RIP little one.

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  23. maxiemom says:

    Time for the US Congress to end the godlike status given airline attendants after 9/11. Argue with them and the US Marshals come and take you away like you’re a terrorist. Yet she DID argue and only gave in out of sheer exhaustion (she also had a baby with her) after being bullied. She also had her Frenchie in an airline approved carrier, so there was no reason for this. NONE. The b**** told her it would be okay, and evidently had her to the point where she was even afraid to take her dog out of the overhead despite his crying.

    After it was discovered that he was dead when the flight was over, that same airline attendant had the colossal NERVE to say she “didn’t know there was a live dog in there”. I hope that not only is the airline is sued, but there’s some way SHE can be sued. Damn her.

    I would have walked off and told her to go to Hell but I’m not a mother with a baby and pretty cranky. I also don’t take bullying because I grew up with a bully. Too many people simply give in. All of those people sat there and did nothing. The law needs to be changed, and changed FAST. This isn’t the first time an airline attendant has gotten out of hand when it comes to family pets, or something outrageous when it comes to passengers. Put them back in in their place as EMPLOYEES of the airline, not people with extraordinary powers.

    Sorry for the diatribe, but this has me so angry (like it does all of you). If airline attendants didn’t KNOW they had the ability to force people to act in certain ways / tow the line OR ELSE, this would never have happened.

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  24. bell tech says:

    Ask me if I will ever use your lame airline. Seems you hire people with the lowest IQ.How f….n stupid and ignorant can you be.

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  25. Mark says:

    WTF was the flight attendant thinking!!!!! Surely this dog should have been kept under the seat according to the rules. I would have fought like hell and said NO. Stupid, ignorant fucks!!!!!

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