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Dog dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

Dog dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

Tragedy struck on a United flight from Houston to New York City, when a dog in a TSA-compliant pet carrier died after a flight attendant forced its owner to store the animal and its carrier in an overhead bin for the duration of the four-hour Monday flight. In a Facebook post, a fellow passenger said a mother and her two daughters were boarding the flight with their dog in tow when a flight attendant "insisted" that the dog be placed in the overhead bin.

Another passenger, June Lara, wrote in a public Facebook post of the moment it was clear the dog had died.

Joined disclosed to ABC News it accepts full accountability for the dog's passing.

The dog's death comes almost one year after United became embroiled in a public relations crisis due to a viral video that showed a passenger being forcibly dragged off of one of its flights.

The French bulldog was traveling Monday with its owner and her children from Houston to NY.

United told ABC News it assumes full responsibility for the dog's death.




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

'This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin, ' United stated. "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".

The airline's pet policy states that "domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds" are permitted in the aircraft cabin on most flights within the US with a $125 service fee.

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

The airline's pet policy states, "A pet traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel".


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