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It's been a ruff week for United Airlines.
After being blamed for the death of a bulldog puppy which suffocated in the overhead bin on Monday on one flight then accidentally sending one passenger's pet to Japan in place of another animal, the scandal-hit airline found itself in another canine-related snafu on Thursday.
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During a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to St Louis, Missouri, flight attendants suddenly became aware of a dog in the hold which should not have been there.
The animal was mistakenly boarded onto the plane instead of a flight to Akron, Ohio.
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To rectify their mistake, the pilot diverted the entire flight to Ohio to drop the animal off safely.
It is not clear how far into the three-hour flight they made the decision to stop and drop the animal off.
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United has reimbursed every passenger on board as compensation for the inconvenience.
In a statement, the airline said the dog had been reunited with its owner. They are yet to come forward to identify themself.
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It is the third dog-related incident in a week for the airline which has struggled to regain its reputation after a doctor was filmed being dragged off a plane bloodied and beaten last year.
On Monday, Kokito the Bulldog puppy suffocated in the overhead bin after being placed there by his owner who claims she was forced by United Airlines flight attendants to stow him away.
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