NY senator introduces bill for animal welfare after dog dies on flight

New York state Sen. Marisol Alcantara D-Manhattan poses with a dog

During the "dog-in", a legislation was unveiled to create a new Pet Passenger Bill of Rights called Kokito's Law.

The company flew into its third doggy drama in a week on Thursday after loading a dog on the wrong plane - again!

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The French bulldog was barking during the whole flight, according to multiple passenger accounts, but they did not discover that Kokito died until after the plane landed. A flight attendant said that the carrier was blocking the aisle and that it must be placed in the overhead compartment, but her mother said it had Kokito inside. "They're living, breathing, sentient things that are capable of suffering, capable of pain and capable of dying and they can not be treated as inanimate objects", advocate Constance Marino said, according to CBS New York. The airline mixed up two dog carriers in the cargo holds of two different flights. "We provide compensation to all customers on board for the diversion". The airline accepted responsibility for the tragedy. However, our flight attendant did not hear or understand her, and did not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin. We remain in contact with the family to express our condolences and offer support. "This visual tag will further help our flight attendants identify pets in-cabin".

United Airlines immediately took responsibility for the death of the dog and said starting in April, they will issue bright colored bad tags to travelers flying with pets.

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The dog was put on flight United Flight 3996 in error.

John Kennedy, a Republican senator from Louisiana, is also demanding an explanation from United on its high rates of animal deaths in transit.

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