Jack The Cat Has
Been Euthanized After Being Lost Two Months At JFK Airport
By Mike Mitchell
November 7, 2011 - American Airlines
reported that on Sunday Jack the cat had to be
euthanized by a veterinarian. “We are deeply saddened
that Jack the Cat has passed away, and we offer profound
sympathy to Jack’s owner, Karen Pascoe, for her loss.
Our heart also goes out to the Friends of Jack and those
in the cat-loving community who have grown fond of Jack
since he went missing. We understand that a cat is a
beloved family member for so many, including our own
Pascoe was moving to San Jose,
California planning to begin a new job. On August 25th
Pascoe secured her two cats, Jack and his brother Barry,
in two separate cargo kennels and handed the cages off
to the travel agents at American Airlines and boarded a
flight from JFK airport to San Jose on Flight 177.
When Pascoe reached San Jose she went to the baggage area to pick up her belongings. Her cat Barry was there but Jack was missing, she notified American Airlines. It has been reported that a baggage handler had stacked the cages one on top the other at the New York baggage area when the cages fell and Jack escaped from his cage.
American Airlines mounted a massive effort
to locate Jack. For two months workers searched the New York
terminal, posters were placed throughout the airport, humane
traps were put in place, all of the airlines at JFK were given
flyers and asked for their assistance. A pet search and rescue
specialist was brought in with a scent tracking dog.
On October 25th two months to the date Jack
the Cat was found in the customs room at JFK airport and was
immediately taken by team members to a veterinary hospital in
Queens where he was placed in ICU. American Airlines immediately
notified Pascoe. It was reported that Jack had suffered
malnutrition, dehydration and had a skin infection covering his
back. Jack was placed on antibiotics.
On October 28th American Airlines flew
Pascoe to New York to be with Jack. “In an effort to get Karen
to Jack as soon as possible, we are flying her to JFK this
evening for what we’re sure will be a much-needed reunion for
both of them. Additionally, we have assumed responsibility for
covering Jack’s veterinary and medical expenses, and have done
so since his reappearance. Jack’s condition remains closely
watched by his veterinarian, and we will do our best to provide
updates as soon as we learn more. To everyone following this
story, we share your concern and hope, and we ask that you
please continue sending your positive thoughts and prayers to
Jack and Karen. "
On Sunday American Airlines reported Jack the Cat had to be euthanized. “Unfortunately, Jack the cat had to be euthanized by the veterinarian today. We are deeply saddened that Jack the cat has passed away, and we offer profound sympathy to Jack’s owner, Karen Pascoe, for her loss. Our heart also goes out to the Friends of Jack and those in the cat-loving community who have grown fond of Jack since he went missing. We understand that a cat is a beloved family member for so many, including our own employees.”
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