Dog dies on United flight after being put in overhead bin

Dog dies on United flight after being put in overhead bin”

According to passenger Maggie Gremminger, she and others heard the black French bulldog barking initially during the flight, and were horrified to learn the animal had passed away later in the trip, she told People.

A dog reportedly died on Monday night after a United Airlines flight attendant forced the 10-month old puppy into an overhead compartment during a flight from Houston to NY.

Dogs waiting to be loaded into the cargo compartment of a plane.

Gremminger said that the passenger was adamant about not putting her dog in the overhead bin, but the flight attendant continued to ask the passenger to put the dog in the carrier and place it in the cargo hold. Upon landing at LaGuardia Airport, Lara said the dog was unresponsive. However, the owner was reportedly forced by a flight attendant to put the dog carrier along with its occupant in the overhead compartment.

"[The flight attendants] insisted that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow", Lara wrote. "They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed", passenger June Lara wrote. United released a statement following the dog's death.

A spokeswoman for United said the airline is conducting a full investigation into the matter.

Dogs under 20 lbs are allowed to ride in the plane's cabin, so long as the pet carrier can fit underneath the seat.

"This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", she stated. "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again".

United Airlines issued an apology to the passenger, saying, in part, that the dog should never have been placed in the overhead bin and "we assume full responsibility for this tragedy".

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