Dog dies in overhead locker on United Airlines plane

Horrified United passenger finds pet dog dead after a flight attendant reportedly forced her to put the animal in an

United Airlines confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that a dog died on board a flight from Houston to NY on Monday after flight attendants requested that the passengers keep the dog in the overheard storage compartment.

The dog was in a small pet carrier created to fit under an airline seat.

'There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel, ' he wrote.

"We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them", the statement said.

"They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed", Lara wrote. At the end of the trip, the passenger discovered that their dog had died.

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The dog suffocated to death during the three-hour flight, and United Airlines says it takes full responsibility while it investigates the accident. She said the woman was "very hesitant and reluctant", and explained her dog was in the carrier.

The flight attendant insisted that the passenger should store the dog along with carrier inside the overhead bin. "I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy".

'The flight attendants of flight UA1284 felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water, ' he wrote on Facebook. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body. "She made sure the flight attendant understood there was her dog and when the flight attendant still pushed her. My heart is broken", Maggie Gremminger tweeted.

According to the United's official in-cabin pet policy, animals must be in a carrier and "fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times". The airline also was sued last summer over the death of a giant rabbit on a flight from London to Chicago. She added that United offered her and another passenger who witnessed the incident a $75 voucher each but they turned it down.

In 2017, United had the highest number of animal deaths of any USA carriers, according to a Department of Transportation (DOT) report, with 18 animals killed and 13 injured in transport.

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