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Locals Respond To Puppy Dying On United Airlines Flight

A Cape Coral resident has been flying with her dog safely for 15 years, and she couldn’t believe what she heard happened on a United Airlines flight.

United Airlines is facing backlash again.

Last time over a passenger that was knocked unconscious on a flight . And this time over a puppy that died in-flight after a flight attendant ordered it be stowed away in an overhead bin.

The incident has sparked widespread outrage including here in Southwest Florida.

“I’ve only been flying with a pet for 15 years. And most of the airlines have been cooperative,” said Linda Spies, a Cape Coral resident.

Linda was mesmerized when she heard the news about the United puppy.

“I would have insisted we get the dog out. And arrest me when we get to wherever we’re going,” she said.

In the video above, she provides tips on safely traveling with pets.

Southwest Florida veterinarian, Amy Black, however, does recommend avoiding travel with pets all together.

“In general, I do recommend avoiding travel with pets. Leaving pets at home makes for less travel stress for the owner and animal itself,” said Black.

With that said, she also says it’s perfectly safe.

“Airplanes in general are safe for travel for pets, as long as pets are properly restrained and in a climate controlled environment,” she explained.

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