Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Dog destined for Kansas flown to Japan via United Airlines

Dog destined for Kansas flown to Japan via United Airlines

Once located, Irgo was examined by a vet in Japan and is set to be flown by private charter from Narita, Japan to Wichita, Kansas on Thursday.

United Airlines apologized for the mix up saying; "an error occurred during connections in Denver for two pets sent to the wrong destinations".

After alerting United staff, Swindle got in touch with Lincoln's owners, an American military family who live in Japan. "Like, the fact that we have no idea is the most frustrating part", Kara Swindle, Irgo's owner, told the TV station.

She says at first, she was "really upset" with United, but did appreciate the airline's efforts to send him home as comfortably as it could and for providing updates on how he was doing on the return journey. I instantly burst into tears.

She says she doesn't foresee him going on anymore flights in the near future. The family and Irgo were flying from OR to KCI, with a layover in Denver. But when mistakes are made with the animals we're attached to, who have no way to let us know if they're okay or not, it's a fairly terrifying experience for the owner.

'He's never gonna want to fly regular again!' she joked.

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According to reports, United Airlines has the highest number of animal deaths among any USA carriers and is under scrutiny for its treatment of animals. "I didn't even know what to think". After arriving, they discovered a Great Dane dog.

I don't understand how things like this poor irgy is now sitting in Japan because of United Airlines, Denver International Airport's & Paradise 4 Paws Denver's screw up.

Swindle said that United didn't know how the mistake happened, but she was told by the airline that the kennels were similar.

United Airlines issued an apology over the incident, as reported by The Huffington Post. The latest: A couple is complaining that United flew their dog to the wrong country, leaving him across the world from his humans, CBS reports.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said he would introduce legislation Thursday to outlaw putting pets in airline overhead bins, with "significant fines" for violations.

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