PASSENGERS HORRIFIED AS PUPPY MURDERED ON FLIGHT
This is an outrageous story. If you like United Airlines, you may want to rethink your opinion. But this is more than just another story about a problem someone had flying the United way. It’s about puppy murder. That’s right. Puppy murder. It’s so bad that United has already taken responsibility for the poor puppy’s death. I’m angry as hell and I don’t have a dog! On Monday of this week a passenger flying from Houston to LaGuardia in New York City was given horrible instructions by flight staff. They told her to put her 10-month-old puppy, in its travel case, in the overhead bin. They told the her the puppy would be fine as other passengers looked on. But the puppy was NOT fine. It was dead on arrival at LaGuardia Airport. Puppy murdered, for real.
PUPPY DIES AS UNITED STAFF VIOLATE OWN ANIMAL SAFETY RULES
Other passengers witnessed all of this tragic scene and were clearly horrified at what happened. Who wouldn’t be? The French Bulldog puppy was in a TSA-approved travel case. United’s own internal policy (which is the norm) is clear that traveling dogs are to be stored in their cases under the seat of the accompanying passenger. Yet for some as yet unknown reason, the flight staff on this flight insisted the owner put the puppy in the overhead bin. But this is where there is no circulating air. Everyone knows French Bulldogs don’t breathe easily. So this was a death sentence for the puppy.
PUPPY FOUND DEAD UPON ARRIVAL, MOUTH-TO MOUTH DOESN’T SAVE IT
Other passengers were able to hear the puppy barking for part of the flight. But at some point that obviously stopped. Then upon landing the puppy’s owner and her two young children called the dog’s name. But the puppy lay motionless and unresponsive. While one witnessing passenger held the dog owner’s toddler, the owner tried mouth to mouth on the puppy. But the puppy was dead. Pictures of this horror are on Facebook. Some passengers have expressed their outrage on Twitter as well.
UNITED TAKES RESPONSIBILITY, BUT DEATHS PILE UP
United confirmed the details of the incident and has taken responsibility for the murdered puppy. Their statement included the following:
This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. 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.
FLY UNITED IF YOU WANT YOUR PET TO DIE
But United has, by far, the worst track record of animal deaths last year. 18 animals died in their cargo holds, where Delta and American combined only had two animals die on their flights. So if you’ve got to travel with your pet, make sure to know your rights, as well as the regulations. And maybe, just maybe, don’t give any money to United.