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Missing airport cat found - and homeward bound

A cat who went missing at JFK International Airport has been found – but he needed to visit the vet before he could be reunited with his owner.

JACK THE CAT went missing two months ago in JFK International Airport, sparking off a huge investigation and leaving a very sad owner behind.

But a team of American Airlines staff who had been put on the case to find Jack brought the great news this week that they had located the missing moggy.

The airline had even hired a pet detective to look for Jack – and it traced the cat’s scent outside of the terminal where he was lost.

A statement on the AA Facebook page said:

American Airlines is happy to announce that Jack the Cat has been found at JFK airport. American’s team of airport employees have been focused on the search effort since Jack escaped on August 25, 2011. Jack was found in the customs room and was immediately taken by team members to a local veterinarian.

Jack’s story had been reported by numerous news outfits after it emerged he escaped from his cage while at a baggage area.

His owner, Karen Pascoe,was moving to California and brought Jack and his brother Barry with her for the move.

But after they cleared security and Karen got ready to board the plane, Jack was declared missing.

Karen presumed her pet would be found but said she heard nothing from AA until nearly a week after the cat went missing.

So she set up a Facebook page to encourage others to look for the cat.

On that page, Karen’s friend Mary Beth Melchior said:

I am beyond thrilled that we now know where he is, and that he is being given the best of care to recover from this ordeal. And I am absolutely, completely overwhelmed by the number of people who have taken moments out of their busy days to give Karen and I a virtual hug during this very challenging time.

Jack was found suffering from malnutrition and a leg injury, for which he underwent surgery.

He is due to fly home to his owner today.

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