United Airlines flight diverted after third pet incident in a week

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Irgo, a 10-year-old German shepherd, was mistakenly flown to Japan on a United Airlines flight.

Days after it accidentally sent a German shepherd to Japan during the same week a French bulldog died during its flight to New York, United Airlines on Friday admitted it had again mishandled a passenger's furry companion. United Airlines confirmed the incident to the news station, which did not identify the type of animal or indicate if the pet was loaded into cargo or brought into the main cabin.

According to the Department of Transportation's latest data, 24 animals died on planes in 2018 and 18 of those deaths were at the hands of United Airlines.

The plane had to make a stop in Akron, Ohio to drop off the pet and reunite it with its owners.

Passengers were provided compensation for the delay, Noonan said, but she declined to describe the compensation or confirm how many passengers were onboard.


Things just got even worse for United Airlines.

And on Tuesday, United mixed up the flight itineraries of two dogs flying in cargo, sending one to Japan that was meant to go to Kansas City.

When Irgo's owner, Kara Swindle, went to pick him up, a "beautiful Great Dane" was waiting for her instead, she told ABC News.

United said in a statement that the dogs were somehow put on the wrong flights during a connecting flight in Denver.

In wake of the incident, prosecutors from the Harris County District Attorney's office in Houston said they are looking into the possibility of animal cruelty charges.

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