United Airlines is facing fierce criticism following the death of a 10-month French Bulldog old puppy, after the animal was allegedly forced into an overhead bin on a three-hour flight from Houston to New York City.
A passenger aboard United Flight 1284, June Lara, said the owner of the dog was asked to place it in it’s carrier overhead shortly after boarding.
Lara posted a photo of the deceased animal through a heartbreaking post on Facebook, and the story is going viral.
The passenger, who was flying with a young girl and baby, allegedly informed the flight attendant there was a dog in the bag, according to witness’ social media posts.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Witness: Flight Attendants Felt Puppy Was ‘Better Off Crammed Inside the Overhead Container Without Air & Water
Lara posted the above photos detailing the gut-wrenching fate of the puppy, whose owner remained unnamed upon publication. Lara wrote:
Today, I boarded my first United Airlines flight.
On my way, I saw a Frenchie that looked identical to my own precious Winston. He was with his family – a young girl, no older than 8, her toddler sibling and their mother. He was meant to grow, learn, cry, play with those young children and be their furry friend. He was meant to live a long life filling that family’s days with that special joy that only a dog can bring.
I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky – who doesn’t when they get to sit near a puppy? However, the flight attendants of flight UA1284 felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water. They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow. They assured the safety of the family’s pet so wearily, the mother agreed.
There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel. 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. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body. My heart broke with theirs as I realized he was gone.
The Humane Society of the U.S. says air travel can be risky for pets and especially dangerous for brachycephalic breeds — such as pugs or bulldogs, whose short nasal passages make them vulnerable to oxygen …read more