‘Jack The Cat’, Found After 2 Months Missing At JFK, Is Euthanized

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jack the Cat has passed away.

The feline’s veterinarian gave him only a 50-50 chance of survival after he disappeared from his kennel at the American Airlines baggage check area in Kennedy Airport for 61 days.

Jack missed his flight to California on August 25, but was found on October 25 by a U.S. Customs deputy inspector after falling through a ceiling tile. He was alive, but in very poor health.

A Facebook page dedicated to Jack detailed the cat’s suffering.

“Jack had extensive wounds on the back of his body, and the wounds were unable to heal because his skin had deteriorated due to the malnutrition that occurred while he was lost,” the page’s administrator wrote.

“Despite antibiotics, the infections were worsening, and his skin was continuing to deteriorate.  He needed surgery to treat the wounds, but there was not enough available skin to close the wounds after the surgery.”

Matthew Cooper of Blue Pearl Emergency Animal Hospital, after Jack was examined, said “He’s storing fat in his liver cells which is called hepatic lipidosis. That’s a pretty serious illness.”

American Airlines issued the following statement on their Facebook page:

“Jack was 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.

From all of us at American, our sincere apologies to Karen and Jack’s family and friends. We also thank all of you who have provided support, ideas, kindness and understanding for Jack along the way.”

Before boarding her flight in August, Jack’s owner Karen Pascoe received a call from airline employees telling her that Jack was missing. She boarded a different flight with her other cat, “Barry,” after an hour-long search for Jack came up empty.

According to an incident report, Jack and Barry were traveling in separate kennels. Baggage handlers had apparently stacked them on top of each other when Jack’s kennel fell allowing him to escape.

American Airlines made several efforts to find Jack including distributing posters throughout the airport, placing food and water throughout the terminal, setting up humane traps and issuing a pet AMBER alert.

Now that Jack has passed away, his loved ones wish to raise awareness of the risks of traveling with pets in cargo and inspire industry changes to make such travel safer for animals, according to Jack’s Facebook page’s administrator.

“We honor Jack, we honor all the other animals who have been killed, injured, or lost while being transported through cargo procedures, and we honor all of you who have taken the time to share your kindness and love with us.”

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  2. wamakaskan says:

    My heart is so sad for you…you did all you could and your show of love for him was your gift to him…with you he had quality of life…you came back to say goodbye and that was hard but so very, very special…below is something I wrote a long time ago to a friend about her loss…I now sent it out hoping it helps.
    They come into our lives in many ways – and in no time wrap their furry bodies around our hearts. We know from the beginning their journey here will be shorter than ours but somehow that still doesn’t prepare us for the pain of losing them.
    From no other source are we loved so fully, so unselfishly, so devotedly just as we are. Because of this they open our hearts in a way we didn’t know possible.
    The proof of this becomes strongly evident by the deep sense of loss and pain we feel when they leave us.
    There is no magic to lessen this pain or take it away but it becomes clear that the gift of the love of a devoted pet is so special and rewarding that many times we tend to go through the process again and we are always grateful that these beautiful creatures have been chosen to spend their time on earth with us – even at the cost of our deep sadness when they must leave always to soon always to soon.

  3. Meme Meyagi says:

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  4. Andi says:

    RIP sweet little Jack! You will surely be missed!

  5. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    A horrible ending. We all feel deeply for your loss.

  6. Irish Cornaire says:

    Oh noooooooooooo,poor wee Jack,that baby will be deeply missed by his beloved owner,I am so sorry,AA needs to be sued!

  7. Joe Schmo says:

    Terrible. Wish I had missed this story.

  8. Yankees368 says:

    Terrible, terrible way for this to end. RIP, little kitty. 😦

  9. mike valdez says:

    people that don’t have pets have a tough time relating but as a dog owner myself if that situation happened with my dog I would be distraught. Sorry to the family in their loss

  10. Jan Dieckhaus says:

    Dear Karen,I am writing this from Sydney Australia,I feel I have lost one of my own babies,it’s silly but I can’t stop crying .If it wasn’t for my good friend Yuliana McGuire I probably would never have heard of your beautiful boy.But I prayed for his safe return every day.He is now in that beautiful place where all cats go .I wish you well. Molly’s Mum xxxxxx

  11. Anita Busch says:

    LOOK AT THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE EXPLODED ON THE AMERICAN AIRLINES FB PAGE. AA has a history of deleting comments about Jack so I have screenshots of comments on the AAFB wall if anyone in the media needs them. I am the former reporter and am easy to find.

  12. abbygeo says:

    Dear Karen Pascoe,

    I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Jack’s passing. My heart goes out to you at this sorrowful time. In time, I hope that you will be somewhat comforted by the fact that he at least he was found, even though it was traumatic.

    I, too, lost my cat in a very traumatic way. After time passes, your hurt will lessen but not your feelings for your Jack.

    My sincere sympathy,


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