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Mixup in Denver Sends Dog on Global Adventure

Irgo was supposed to fly to Kansas with his human family, but he ended up in Japan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 16, 2018 1:41 PM CDT
Dog Was Supposed to Fly to Kansas. He Ended Up in Japan
Irgo and his owner.   (YouTube/CNN)

A dog who was mistakenly flown to Japan is back with his family in Kansas. The 10-year-old German shepherd, named Irgo, arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane from Japan, the AP reports. Kara Swindle and her two children were flying on United Airlines from Oregon to Kansas City, Mo., earlier this week during a move to Wichita, Kan. When they went to pick up Irgo, however, they instead were given a Great Dane. "They had no idea where [Irgo] was," Swindle tells CNN. "I burst into tears instantly." Swindle says Irgo had no sustenance or anything to drink during his 16-hour journey; he also had to go without the medication he was taking for an ear infection during his worldwide travels.

He was checked out in Japan, though, and deemed healthy enough to fly back home. United said in a statement that the dogs were somehow put on the wrong flights during a connecting flight in Denver. "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 in a statement. Irgo was reunited with Swindle and her family Thursday at the airport (video of the happy reunion can be see at Digg). Swindle wouldn't say whether she's considering legal action, per the AP. But she was pleased with United's efforts to return Irgo. She said the dog seemed healthy and happy to be home.

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