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United flight diverted because pet 'mistakenly' put on plane

ABC News reports that a flight departing Newark airport was diverted after the airline learned that a pet had mistakenly placed on the flight.

United told CNN the unidentified animal was "safely delivered to its owner".

Then, days later, the airline sent a German Shepard that was supposed to go to Kansas was sent to Japan. United said the dog was successfully reunited with its owner.

The airline reportedly compensated the passengers on the diverted flight.

Two stories broke earlier this week about unfortunate incidents involving dogs: one pup who died after being forced into a carry-on baggage compartment and another who was mistakenly sent to Japan.

United Airlines had another issue with one of its canine travelers.

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The flight diversion is the third dog-related incident reported since Monday.

On Monday, a French bulldog puppy named Kokito suffocated in an overhead bin, after a flight attendant insisted the owner stow the dog there for a three-hour flight from Houston to NY.

The dog named Irgo ended up on a private plane that United chartered from Japan.

Prosecutors in Houston are investigating to determine if criminal charges are warranted, AP said. Eighteen of those 24 were on United Airlines flights.

When Swindle and her children went to the cargo facility to pick up their dog, they were given a Great Dane puppy and not their beloved German Shepherd.

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