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Senator introduces Kokito’s Law for pooch killed on United flight

March 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Senator introduces Kokito’s Law for pooch killed on United flight

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The family of a dog that was killed during a United Airlines flight last week joined New York State Senator Marisol Alcantara Sunday to introduce a new Passenger Bill of Rights specifically for pets called Kokito’s Law.

“Make no bones about it, United is in the doghouse,” the Manhattan state senator said at LaGuardia Airport, where she discussed “Kokito’s Law.”

Alcantara spoke to the protesters who attended the “dog-in” accompanied by her rescue pooches, Tweete and Sylvester, ZThe New York Post reported.

“I feel devastated,” the dog’s owner, Sophia Ceballos, tearfully said on Sunday. “Every night I cry because it feels empty without him. He was special. I think about him every day at school, and I can’t concentrate.”

The poor dog died in a carrier bag died on a United Airlines flight after a flight attendant told the owner to put the bag in an overhead bin.

Ten-month-old Kokito died last week on a United Airlines flight traveling from Houston to New York when despite the family’s protestations, a hasty flight attendant pushed his air-travel approved transporter into the overhead bin.

The family listened to the small French bulldog whimper and bark during the flight but were not allowed to get up and check on him due to turbulence.

They opened his carrier after landing, only to find that their beloved “Little Pig” was dead.

The careless attendant later contended that she didn’t know there was a dog in the carrier.

Alcantara said her bill was headed for the floor of the state senate. If it passes, Kokito’s Law will prohibit pets from being placed in overhead bins, securing pet passengers with the same rights as humans. Additionally, the bill requires that cargo areas are pressurized, ventilated, and climate controlled and will hold airlines to other basic safety standards.

United Airlines — which had the highest rate of animal deaths per airline carrier, with 18 animals killed and 13 injured in 2017— has assumed full responsibility for Kokito’s death, and has launched an investigation into the incident.

“There needs to be accountability. Although United did accept responsibility, they have yet to tell us the flight attendant or provide any information as far as what’s going to happen with this flight attendant,” the family’s lawyer, Evan Oshan, stated. “We want justice, criminal prosecution, and we want the right thing to be done.”

The Queens DA’s office has revealed it is investigating the dog’s death.

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