An English springer spaniel named Hendrix ended up taking a major detour on his way from New Jersey on the East Coast to Phoenix in Arizona this week, after being placed on a flight to Ireland.
United Airlines spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says the six-year-old dog was travelling in cargo on Thursday when the mix-up happened. When the error was realised, she says the airline took immediate steps to get Hendrix back to his owner.
Phoenix television station KNXV reports that the first word owner Meredith Grant got about the mix-up was in a phone call from the airline before Hendrix's original flight was supposed to land in Phoenix.
Ms Grant says she felt like someone punched her in the stomach after finding out her dog had been sent overseas.
Hendrix was returned, and the airline apologised and offered a full refund.