Not again! United Airlines accidentally puts another dog on the wrong flight in third pet mix-up this week

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Pet mix-up: United Airlines sent a dog to the wrong place: David McNew/Getty Images

United Airlines accidentally put a dog on the wrong flight in its third mix-up involving pets this week.

Flight attendants on a plane from Newark, New Jersey, to St Louis, Missouri discovered a dog in the hold which should not have been there mid-flight.

The pet had been mistakenly put on the plane when it should have been travelling to Akron, Ohio on Thursday.

The pilot then diverted the entire flight to Ohio to drop off the dog and every passenger on board received compensation for the inconvenience. The pet has been reunited with its owner.

It comes after a 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo was mistakenly flown to Japan.

A fellow passenger shared this image of the dead dog after it was forced into an overhead bin by United Airlines cabin crew

The dog is now back with its family in Kansas. It arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane that United chartered from Japan.

Kara Swindle and her two children took a United flight on Tuesday from Oregon to Kansas City, Missouri, during a move to Wichita, Kansas.

When they went to pick up Irgo, they were shown a Great Dane that was supposed to go to Japan.

United said that the dogs were put on the wrong planes when being moved from connecting flights in Denver.

The airline declined to say how much it spent on Irgo's charter flight.

Irgo's misadventure began a day after a French bulldog puppy died aboard a United flight after a flight attendant required a passenger to put her pet carrier in the overhead bin.

The airline said in a statement: “United Express flight 3996 from Newark to St. Louis diverted to Akron to drop off a pet that had been loaded onto this flight mistakenly.

“The pet has been safely delivered to its owner. We provided compensation to all customers on board for the diversion."