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A family traveling to the United States declared that the flight attendant ordered them to stuff a 10-month-old puppy in an overhead bin, as animals are not allowed on the aisle. The puppy was later found dead. Allegedly, the incident occurred on the 12th of March 2018 on a United Airlines plane.
United Airlines Flight Attendant Denies Knowledge of Puppy in Bag
Catalina Robledo and her 11-year-old daughter still mourn the passing of Kokito, a 10-month-old bulldog puppy, who dies asphyxiated during a United Airlines flight. The details of the events have been revealed by Sophia, as her mother is not fluent in English.
According to the 11-year-old, the incident occurred on the 12th of March. Upon boarding the plane, Sophia and his mother kept Kokito at their feet in a carrier. Allegedly, a flight attendant came to them and told Robledo, and they are not allowed to keep the baggage at their feet and must place it in the overhead bin.
Despite Sophia and Catalina telling her that there’s a dog inside the bag, the flight attendant insisted. Reluctantly, the two agreed, and the flight attendant began stuffing the bag with Kokito inside the narrow bin.
To their horror, Catalina and Sophia could hear the puppy whimpering and barking from inside the compartment but could not get up from their seats to help him as the plane was experiencing turbulence.
Later, the two would retrieve the bag only to discover that the puppy was not breathing. After confronting the flight attendant, the woman swore that she did not know that there was a live animal in there.
However, Sophia and Catalina said that the woman was lying through her teeth because she grasped the bag and felt something moving inside of it.
Following the incident, a United Airlines spokesperson declared that the company assumes full responsibility for this unfortunate event and that it has launched an investigation.
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