Puppy dies after being forced into overhead compartment on flight (pictures)

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A dog died during a plane flight Monday night after a United Airlines flight attendant forced it into an overhead bin.

The Points Guy reports: According to a passenger on United fight 1284 from Houston Intercontinental (IAH) to New York’s LaGuardia (LGA), a passenger boarded the flight with a TSA-compliant pet carrier with a small dog inside. For unknown reasons, the flight attendant insisted that the passenger stow the carrier — with the dog inside — in an overhead bin for the duration of the flight.

 The passengers reported hearing barking for part of the flight. By the end of the trip, horrified passengers found the dog had died in-flight.

The New York Post picks up the story, reporting on passenger’s experiences: Maggie Gremminger, a passenger on a flight from Houston to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, uploaded a photo of the dog’s owners on Twitter. “I want to help this woman and her daughter. They lost their dog because of an @united flight attendant. My heart is broken,” reads the image caption.

The Post also reports: “There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel,” passenger June Lara writes in a Facebook post. “There was no movement as his family called his name. I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10-month-old puppy.”

Gremminger’s and Lara’s posts about the ordeal are now going viral on social media. United is facing online backlash.

The Points Guy reports the following statement from United: “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.”

Examples of the Twitter outrage and Gremminger’s and Lara’s posts follow (Warning – an image of the dog in Lara’s post may be disturbing).

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