Jack’s story began last August, as his owner Karen Pascoe was preparing to board a flight to California. Pascoe had dropped Jack and her other cat at the baggage area in two carriers for shipment on her flight.Animal lover Kathleen Lietz has started a petition at Change.org to create "Jack the Cat's" Law, a law forcing airlines to put GPS (or similar technology) tracking devices on family pets traveling in cargo holds. In her petition, Lietz states the following:
According to a Department of Transportation Pet Incident Report, a clerk stacked Pascoe's two carriers one on top of each other. When the top carrier fell, Jack escaped.
On October 25, it was reported that Jack had miraculously been found 61 days after he went missing. According to the report, Jack fell through the ceiling of the customs area in Terminal 8 at JFK International Airport.
Jack was taken immediately to a veterinary hospital in Queens, run by Blue Pearl Veterinary Services, and then transferred the next day by pet ambulance to the Blue Pearl hospital in Manhattan for intensive veterinary treatment.
After being found, Jack was diagnosed with fatty liver disease, a disease that cripples the feline liver and devastates the rest of the feline body. Due to his severe malnutrition and dehydration, Jack's skin tore easily, putting him at great risk of infection and organ failure.
Jack was suffering and any more procedures would have prolonged that suffering. Sadly, the decision was made to have him euthanized.
Every year, family pets go missing from airline baggage areas and cargo holds, never to be located again. Jack the cat was lost in the NYC JFK airport in the American Airlines baggage center on Aug. 25, 2011. American Airlines mishandled his crate during the check-in process, which resulted in the breaking of the carrier. Jack was found 61 days later when he fell through a ceiling tile in the Customs office, in the same terminal in which he was lost. He was severely injured and malnourished. Sadly, Jack was euthanized due to the extensive nature of his injuries on Nov. 6th.Please sign and share this petition to change the way companion animals are handled by airlines and help prevent another needless tragedy.
American Airlines was slow to respond and provide support in searching for the cat. In fact, it took the airline 60 hours before calling Ms. Pascoe back with an initial update on rescue efforts. It was only once the situation hit the media and went viral that they began to react in a responsible (but limited) manner. We must force the airlines to have a quick retrieval method in place.