Heartwarming Moment Kansas Family is Reunited With Dog Accidentally Flown to Japan

A family in Wichita, Kansas, has been reunited with their dog after United Airlines mistakenly shipped it to Japan.

Irgo, a ten-year-old German Shepherd, was reunited with the Swindle family on Thursday, March 15. Two days earlier, Irgo was mistakenly sent over 10,000 miles away to Japan.

The family was flying with Irgo from Portland to Kansas City on March 13. When they went to pick up Irgo at Kansas City International Airport, they were given a Great Dane instead and found Irgo had been put on a flight to Japan.

United Airlines told the Swindles that they didn’t know how the mistake happened, but that the dogs’ kennels were similar, KCTV reported.

United Airlines apologized for the mix-up in a statement released to local media.

“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 statement read.

The airline also paid for Swindle and her children to stay at a Marriott Hotel near the airport Tuesday night.

Kara Swindle was concerned about the dog’s wellbeing on the flight back.

“I don’t know if he’s going to be able to sustain this flight, because he is a 10-year-old dog, and he’s never been on a flight before,” she said. “I honestly don’t know if he’s going to survive this flight.”

On Thursday night, however, she stated on Facebook that Irgo was flown back from Japan by private charter and was treated “like a king.”

Credit: Kara Swindle via Storyful

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