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"United Express flight 3996 from Newark to St. Louis diverted to Akron to drop off a pet that had been loaded onto this flight mistakenly", Noonan said. "It's like losing a family member". "I mean, it's really sad", said Pattie Jirakll, an animal activist.

Animal lovers protested at New York's Laguardia Airport after a puppy stowed in the overhead bin on a United Airlines flight died.

United said that the dogs were put on the wrong planes when being moved from connecting flights in Denver.

Senator Alcantara argued the family should not have had to put the dog in the overhead bin.

United Airlines released a statement regarding the mix-up.

Kara Swindle, Irgo's owner, says the dog had to fly in cargo on a different plane because he was too big.

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The German Shepherd, named Irgo, arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane from Japan. The airline says all passengers aboard the plane were compensated for the diversion, NBC New York reported.

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"They had no idea where the dog was", said Swindle to CNN.

"We have spoken to the family, our crew and a number of passengers who were seated nearby".

"We have learned that the customer did tell the flight attendant that there was a dog in the carrier".

The law would make it illegal for animals to be placed in overhead compartments, and makes sure they have reasonable access to food, water and necessary medication. As we stated, we take full responsibility and are deeply sorry for this tragic accident.

Kokito's death was not the first time United was involved in pet-related deaths. Last year, the airline, one of the largest in the world, carried about a quarter of the total number of animals transported by air in the United States, but it was responsible for 18 of the 25, or more than 70 per cent, of flight-related pet deaths last year, according to Transportation Department data.

United has had the highest rate of pet deaths of any USA airline for the past three years.

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