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Dog dies on United flight after being placed in the overhead bin

United Airlines: We take full responsibility. Laura Ingle reports from New York City.

United Airlines may soon hit with more bad news during what is already a tough week, as Texas prosecutors debate possible criminal prosecution in the wake of a dog is dead after he was wrongfully placed in an overhead bin during a Houston-New York flight earlier this week,

The New York Daily News reported Thursday that in Houston, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office can review the investigation into the death of Kokito, a black French bulldog owned by Catalina Robledo of New York.

“We have jurisdictional issues. We do not know whether the dog died in Houston, or if the dog died in New York, or on the way to New York.”

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Although Robledo got on the United flight leaves Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport with her pet in a TSA-approved carrier that they must be possible to hold on to her feet by the flight, such as the United pet policy, the stewardess misunderstood her and forced her to the carrier in an overhead bin for the duration of the four-hour flight.

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Kokito the dog died on a United flight from Houston to New York.

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Now it may be difficult for researchers to map out exactly what happened.

“We have jurisdictional issues. We do not know whether the dog died in Houston, or if the dog died in New York, or on the way to New York,” Carvana Cloud division chief of the Family of the Criminal and animal Cruelty Division for Harris County District Attorney’s Office, told KPRC2 of the case.

Seven-year-old Sophia Ceballos has spoken about the incident in the name of her mother, Catalina Robledo.

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“We are at the very preliminary stages of the investigation, but certainly makes it more of a challenge, because it is not something that has happened in someone’s back yard here locally or at someone’s home,” Cloud added.

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“While we fly, the dog started barking, and barking, and there was no flight attendants. We could not stand up, because there was a lot of turbulence, so we weren’t allowed to,” seven-year-old Sophia Ceballos, speaking on behalf of her mother, Robledo, told ABC 13.

Ceballos said that attempts to inform the flight attendant of the seriousness of the situation during the flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport were not successful.

On Wednesday, United issued a new statement about the tragic chain of events, Fox 31 reported.

“We have learned that the client told the stewardess that there is a dog in the carrier. However, our flight attendant does not hear or understand her, and not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin,” they said.

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“To prevent this from happening again, in April, we will issue bright colored bag tags for customers traveling with in-cabin pets. This visual tag will continue to help our flight attendants to identify pets in the cabin,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, both the Ministry of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, New York Daily News reported.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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