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Dog bound for Kansas mistakenly shipped to Japan via United Airlines

But Irgo was examined in Japan and is OK to fly, Swindle said.

She said Irgo is set to be flown from Naruto, Japan, to Denver on Wednesday night, flying first class with a human escort in the main cabin of the plane.

Irgo and Swindles' son.

Irgo will then be flown from Denver to Wichita and will need to be seen by a vet once home in the States, Swindle said.

United Airlines issued an apology and is looking into the matter.

"An error occurred during connections in Denver for two pets sent to the wrong destinations. We have notified our customers that their pets have arrived safely and will arrange to return the pets to them as soon as possible. We apologize for this mistake and are following up with the vendor kennel where they were kept overnight to understand what happened," the airline said.

The dog was put inside an overhead bin on a United flight. It didn't survive

On Monday, a French bulldog died on a Houston-to-New York flight after a United flight attendant told its owners to put the dog, in its carrier, in an overhead bin. The airline said it was investigating the French bulldog's death "to prevent this from ever happening again."

As for the Kansas City-Japan mix-up, Swindle said she thinks United might have footage of the mistake transfer and said it doesn't know how the mix-up occurred.

"I'm hoping that from now on they take better care of animals. They kind of treat them like they are luggage. I'm hoping they can put something into policy so that this will never happen again. Maybe putting a picture of the animal on the outside of the pen (instead of just paperwork, which is affixed on the outside of each crate). I don't want anyone to ever have to go through this again."