This story is heartbreaking!! Kathleen Considine is from Dearborn but was traveling back home to Oregon with her golden retriever Jacob.
Jacob was held up at their layover in Chicago and United Airlines claimed the plane couldn't fit him, so he ended up staying there for 20 hours. When he finally arrived in Portland, he was unresponsive and eventually passed away.
The airline released this statement: "We were deeply saddened to hear of Jacob's passing after we returned him to the care of his owner. Our PetSafe team is committed to the safety and comfort of all the pets that travel with us. We worked to ensure Jacob's comfort throughout his entire journey and he showed no signs of distress nor behave in a way that would suggest he was unwell while in our care. Though we understand little can ease the grief that accompanies the loss of a pet, we've been in touch with Ms. Considine to offer our condolences and discuss this matter further."
Source: Click on Detroit