(MISSING PETS) Jack the cat, missing for two months, was miraculously found alive at JFK Airport yesterday after falling through the ceiling tiles inside a Custom and Border Patrol room. Currently in the hands of a local veterinary hospital, Jack is said to be in critical condition. Read on for more information regarding Jack’s current state. — Global Animal
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Long-lost Jack the Cat, who caught international attention when he went missing at JFK Airport more than two months ago, miraculously emerged alive yesterday after falling through the ceiling tiles inside a Custom and Border Patrol room at Terminal 8.
“One of our deputy chief officers saw it, and grabbed it, and alerted American Airlines,” said Custom and Border Patrol spokesman Anthony Bucci.
American Airlines alerted the nation via its Facebook page that Jack had been found — apparently battered, hungry and scared.
But Jack’s not out of the kitty litter just yet.
Officials sent Jack straight to a vet in Queens, where he’s currently in critical condition and on a feeding tube, said doctors at the pet hospital.
“He’s not feeling well at all, he’s pretty critical — right now it’s 50/50,” said Dr. Matthew Cooper, speaking on behalf of Jack’s primary physician. “He has a feeding tube, he’s getting fluids through an IV, but feeding is the most important thing right now.”
Jack’s owner, Karen Pascoe, said she trusts the vets and is staying strong despite the dire situation.
“Today is such a good day,” said Pascoe, 43, who enlisted the help of thousands of volunteers when Jack went missing on Aug. 25 — the day she moved to California. “When I got the call, I had literally just adopted a new cat … But I never gave up hope. I just never gave up hope,” she added.
Five-year-old Jack will stay in the hospital for the next few days while Pascoe and American Airlines work out a flight back to New York.
Cooper said that he’s been diagnosed with fatty liver disease — a common disease in malnourished animals that causes fat to build up in the liver — but hopefully will be released perfectly healthy.
“Hopefully we’ll get him home in a few days. — the key is to get him eating on his own,” Cooper said. “[The disease] is definitely a result of JFK, the stress and not eating.”
Until then, Pascoe and airline agents will be trying to piece together Jack’s harrowing stay on top of the ceiling tiles in Terminal 8, without food, water, or love.
“He’d been hiding in the ducts – he hadn’t been eating or drinking for months, so we’re watching him closely,” Pascoe said.
Jack disappeared when Pascoe dropped him and his brother Barry off at baggage services for a flight toward her new job in California. When she was informed of Jack’s disappearance, she missed her original flight to search for him but was later forced to head to the West Coast to meet up with Barry.
Since then, Jack’s garnered more than 16,000 friends on his Facebook page, a Twitter account, and national legend status.
Pascoe is wary about her upcoming flight back to California with Jack, but she’s changing her tactics this time.
“He’s not flying in cargo ever again!” she said. “He’s flying in the seat — probably in first class — with me on the way back. I’m not letting him out of my sight … I’m sure American Airlines is ready to put this to bed.”