The story of a puppy who died on a United Airlines flight after being forced in the overhead compartment has quickly gone viral and sparked public outrage.
The 10-month-old French Bulldog puppy named Kokito was traveling in a TSA-approved carrier alongside his guardian Catalina Robledo and her two children. Before takeoff, a flight attendant demanded Kokito be stored in the overhead compartment since the bag was reportedly extending into the aisle. Despite Robledo explaining there was a dog in the bag, the flight attendant still insisted he be stored like luggage. Witnesses say they heard Kokito barking for the first two hours of the flight, but then the barking stopped. Due to turbulence, the dog’s guardians could not check on him mid-flight, and after landing, they discovered Kokito had died.
United Airlines has since accepted responsibility for this tragedy, but this is not the first time an incident like this has happened on United flights. In fact, as a petition on Care2 points out, United Airlines is the second worst airline for traveling animals, with nine animal deaths and 14 injuries reported on their flights in 2016. They were also responsible for the death of Simon, the famous giant rabbit, last year.
It is apparent something must be done to change United’s animal policies so tragedies like Kokito’s never happen again. Please take a moment to sign the petition on Care2 demanding United make some serious changes to how they deal with traveling animals.
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