One day after puppy dies when forced into overhead bin, United Airlines accidentally sends German Shepherd to Japan

Just a days after a French Bulldog died in the overhead bin on a United Airlines flight, the beleaguered airline made another error involving a traveling pet — sending a dog to Japan when it was meant to go to Kansas City.

ABC News reports that Kara Swindel went to an airport in Kansas City to meet her  German Shepard, Irgo, who was expected to land there. But she quickly began to suspect there had been a terrible mistake — when an airline employee said something to her about a “beautiful Great Dane” waiting for her.

The exact nature of the mixup is unclear, but the airline said in a statement to ABC News that an employee had confused the German Shepherd with the Great Dane, who was bound for Japan. Both animals were sent to the wrong location.

“An error occurred during connections in Denver for two pets sent to the wrong destinations,” United said in a statement. “We apologize for this mistake and are following up with the vendor kennel where they were kept overnight to understand what happened.”

The airline is reportedly flying the German Shepherd back to the United States in First Class.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, a family’s beloved French Bulldog died Monday night on a United Flight to Houston from New York City, after a flight attendant demanded the owner put her dog carrier in the overhead bin. The flight attendant reportedly told witnesses later that she did not realize there was a dog in the bag.


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