Dog Killed After United Flight Attendant Forces Him Into Overhead Bin

A dog accompanied its owner on a United Airlines flight on Monday, but the animal didn't make it off the plane alive, according to passengers. "At the end of the flight, the dog was found dead in the carrier".

Maggie Gremminger, another fellow passenger, told People that the black French bulldog barked from the bin at least 30 minutes into the flight.

The flight from Houston to LaGuardia Airport, in NY, is normally just over three hours long.

According to witnesses, the flight attendant, who hasn't been identified, required the pet owner to store her pet carrier, with the dog inside, in the overhead bin for the duration of the roughly four hour flight.

Another passenger, June Lara, wrote in a public Facebook post of the moment it was clear the dog had died. "I heard the dog barking a little and we didn't realise it was barking a cry for help".

'There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel, ' he wrote.

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"She said that she did not know there was a dog in the bag, and if so she never would have instructed it to be put in the bin above", she said.

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

'This poor family paid $125 for their pet to be murdered in front of them.

United said it was investigating what happened to prevent it from ever happening again.

The scenario violates the carrier's policy, which states in part: "Pet traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel". Proponents of animal-friendly flights have long argued that sending crated animals into the baggage compartment-where bigger animals typically ride-for long flights is inhumane and cruel; scores of animals die each year while in the baggage compartment, the Department of Transportation reported.

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