United to use special tags after dog death

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Chicago-based United Airlines has announced to use colored tags for labeling pet bags after death of a pet dog on one of its flights.

Prosecutors said in a statement they won't decide whether or not to press charges until the investigation is completed.

The family whose dog died after being put in an overhead bin on a United Airlines flight is speaking out.

"I was like 'It's a dog, it's a dog". "She was saying verbally, 'My dog is in here, no, this is my dog.' The flight attendant, in response, really just continued to ask her to put it above because it was a hazard where it was, it was a safety emergency, someone could trip". The family thought he was barking because he gets scared on flights.

"She took him out, and he was dead", Sophia said.

"We tried, but there was a lot of turbulence and we weren't allowed to stand up", Sophia said.

Kokito died at some point on the flight before it landed at LaGuardia.

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"My mom was crying".

United acknowledged Wednesday that the customer said there was a dog in the carrier.

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The bill was prompted after a puppy died during a flight earlier in the week, after a United Airlines Co cabin attendant ordered that it be stowed in an overhead bin. But the United employee didn't give her a choice.

KCTV reports that Kara Swindle and her two children flew from OR to Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday on a United flight.

The dog flew from OR to Denver, where he spent the night. Arrangements were also made to return the Great Dane to its owner.

Swindle said Irgo - who was flying for the first time - had no water or food on the 16-plus hours flight to Japan.

A USA family say their dog was mistakenly flown to Japan instead of to their new home city of Kansas. "We apologize for this mistake and are following up with the vendor kennel where they were kept overnight to understand what happened".

In a statement, United called it "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".

He cited figures from the Transportation Department that of the 24 animals that died on U.S. carriers a year ago, 18 were on United flights. With many having spoken out about the dangers of animals traveling in cargo, some opt to bring their pets on board.

It is rare that an animal dies on a plane. "For comparison, Delta and American each reported two animal deaths".

"The overwhelming majority (of deaths), according to medical experts, were due to a pre-existing medical condition or the animal wasn't properly acclimated to its crate", said United spokesman Charles Hobart. As the family headed from Houston to New York City on United, a flight attendant told them to place their dog, Kokito, in the overhead compartment.

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