United Accidentally Sends Dog to Europe

By Brian Shields

Fri Mar 15th, 2013 6:19pm America/Los_Angeles

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NEWARK (CNN) — A dog from New Jersey is now an international traveler — but not by design.

A United Airlines flight was supposed to take the six-year-old Springer Spaniel from Newark Liberty International Airport to Phoenix.

But he ended up overseas.

Hendrix, who gets his name from the jet-setting rock star, wound up on a long journey inside a crate — starting with a seven-hour flight to Ireland.

The dog then headed back to Newark before another five-hour flight to his original destination.

Now, United Airlines is in the dog house with Hendrix’s owner.

United still does not know what led to the mix-up.

The airline has given the dog owner a refund and released a statement saying the airline is “taking steps to prevent this from happening again.”

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