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United flight pit stops to drop off puppy loaded onto wrong plane

18 March 2018

Local leaders are leading a "dog-in" Sunday at LaGuardia Airport to demand justice following the death of a 10-year-old French bulldog on a United Airlines flight last week.

United flight 3996 from Newark to St. Louis was diverted to Akron, Ohio to drop off the pet.

On Monday, a 10-month-old French bulldog puppy named Kokito died aboard a United Airlines flight from Houston to NY after a flight attendant ordered the owner to place the dog's carrier - with the dog still inside - in the overheard bin because it was blocking the aisle.

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Last week, the company merited the ire of dog lovers near and far when it was revealed a flight attendant forced a passenger to place her dog in an overhead bin, only for the dog to die.

"This little guy fought hard for his life, filling our flight with his cries until he finally ran out of breath", passenger June Lara wrote on Facebook after the incident. The Transportation Department is investigating the incident. According to CBS affiliate, KCTV, Kara Swindle was flying into Kansas City Tuesday night, accompanied by her two children and Irgo, the family's German shepherd.

Then on Tuesday, another case of mistaken canine identity occurred on a United flight, sending a pet owner into a frenzy when she discovered a Great Dane in the place of her German Shepard, Irgo, in a facility at the Kansas City airport.

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The mix-up was the third incident involving a pet on a United Airlines flight in just a week.

"I was in shock, instantly in tears, wondering where my dog was instead of this dog", Swindle said.

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