United Airlines has taken responsibility for the death of the animal.
A United Airlines flight from Houston to New York ended in tragedy when a family dog died after being forced to stay in the overhead bin at the behest of the flight attendant.
In a Facebook post, Passenger June Lara says she was on the flight and the dog belonged to a mother and her two children; one being a toddler.
In her post, Lara claims the crew told the family their dog would be safe in the overhead compartment for the duration of the three-hour flight.
"This little guy fought hard for his life, filling our flight with his cries until he finally ran out of breath," Lara wrote. "United Airlines does not care about the safety of their furry travelers. This poor family paid $125 for their pet to be murdered in front of them. There is no excuse for the pain this family is suffering."
According to ABC News, United Airlines has taken responsibility for the incident and released a statement:
"This was a tragic accident that should have never occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin,” United said in a statement. “We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”
Small animals are permitted onboard United Airlines flights, but they must have a veterinarian issued travel certificate and then be kenneled and able to fit underneath the seat in front of the passenger.