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United Airlines Accidentally Sent a Dog to Japan, but at Least It Lived

What the hell is wrong with United Airlines? Yesterday I told you about how a flight attendant shoved a dog in the overhead compartment and killed it, and today I’ve got a story about how they sent a family’s dog to Japan instead of Missouri. Now the family dog is going to be walking around in a kimono talking about how much hotter Japanese dogs are all day.

The dog, named Irgy, being sent to Japan wasn’t even the disturbing part of the Huffington Post story on about the mishap.

United had the highest number of animal deaths and injuries of any U.S. airline in 2017, based on Department of Transportation data. Out of the 24 pet deaths that occurred aboard U.S. carriers last year, 18 were on United flights. The airline had 2.24 “incidents” — meaning animal deaths or injuries per 10,000 animals transported. American Airlines had the next highest incident rate, with 0.87 incidents per 10,000 animals transported.

Jesus Christ, United, that’s how serial killers get started. United made a statement on the incident that doesn’t do much to allay my concerns that they, as a company, just like fucking with animals.

“An error occurred during connections in Denver for two pets sent to the wrong destinations,” he said. “We have notified our customers that their pets have arrived safely and will arrange to return the pets to them as soon as possible. We apologize for this mistake and are following up with the vendor kennel where they were kept overnight to understand what happened.”

I mean, at least the dog is still alive. But if it was my dog, I would insist it fly home on Delta.

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