United Airlines is in the news again this week for mishandling of their canine passengers after they accidentally swapped two dogs, and sent a ten-year-old German Shepherd named Irgo to Japan, instead of Kansas. Handlers took Irgo and the Great Dane out of their crates at a shared layover in Denver, Colorado to give them a chance to use the restrooms and relax overnight. They were then returned to the wrong crates.
Irgo, who has been a part of the Swindle family since he was adopted at 4 years old, was forced to undergo a 16-hour flight to Japan. He has an ear infection and has now not had his medication in three days because of the mixup. Veterinarians in Japan have checked him over and given him a clean bill of health, but Irgo will now have to undergo another flight.
Irgo will be flown from Narita, Japan to Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday on a private charter where he will be accompanied by a personal handler. United is going to be reviewing this incident and plans to find out what happened to cause this mixup to happen. This is the second incident that United has had with dogs this week, the other involving a French Bulldog who was forced into an overhead bin and died during a four-hour flight.
This is a horrible story, and we know that sometimes we need a reminder of the good in the world after a horrible time like this, so check out the video below!