United Airlines apologizes for death of
dog on flight
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[August 10, 2017]
(Reuters) - United Airlines has
apologized to the owners of dog who died in an aircraft cargo hold
during a flight from Houston to San Francisco, the latest death of an
animal under the airline's care.
ABC News reported that the Rasmussen family's 5-year-old King Charles
Spaniel Lulu was aboard the United plane on Sunday when it was delayed
on the tarmac for two hours before taking off.
The family said the dog died in the cargo hold and had been cleared to
fly by a veterinarian days before the flight, ABC said.
"We are so sorry to learn of Lulu's passing and have reached out to our
customer to offer our condolences and assistance," United said in a
statement on Monday. "We are conducting a thorough review of this
U.S. Department of Transportation data show that United had nine of the
26 deaths of animals reported last year during air transport, more than
any other airline.
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United Airlines planes are seen on platform at the Newark Liberty
International Airport in New Jersey, July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo
United's handling of animals drew headlines this spring when a giant
rabbit named Simon died during a trip from Britain to the Iowa State
Fair. Investors in the animal have sued United, claiming its workers
were responsible for its death.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by David Gregorio)
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