Jack the Cat succumbs to injuries

Jack the Cat was euthanized over the weekend after he failed to recover from injuries he sustained during his two-month disappearance at JFK Airport. Photo courtesy of BluePearl Veterinary Partners
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Jack the Cat, the feline that touched the hearts of thousands of pet lovers across the world when he was lost at John F. Kennedy International Airport for two months, did not survive to be reunited with his owner and his cat siblings on the West Coast, his vets announced. He was 5 years old.

The veterinarians euthanized the cat Sunday at a Manhattan animal hospital after they determined that the physical damage he suffered after he went missing was too severe, according to a spokeswoman for Blue Pearl vet centers, which had been caring for Jack since he was rescued at the airport on Oct. 25.

“Our doctors tried every possible thing, but his condition took a turn for the worse over the weekend,” Blue Pearl spokeswoman Joanne Lynch said.

His owner, Karen Pascoe, was with him during his final hours and was not available for comment Monday morning.

News of Jack’s death stunned the growing online community that has been following his story since his disappearance at the American Airlines terminal at JFK on Aug. 25. Hundreds posted on the Facebook page, Jack The Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK, which had more than 24,000 fans as of Monday morning following a Sunday posting that announced his death.

“That is so sad. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is hurting. RIP sweet Jack,” fan Kathy Nix posted.

Pascoe was moving from Manhattan to the West Coast with Jack and his brother Barry when Jack somehow escaped his kennel in the terminal’s baggage room. Crews searched for weeks for the missing cat, but could not find him initially.

The Facebook fans and Pascoe would not give up hope and held “Jack the Cat Awareness” days when they combed the airport and pushed JFK employees to keep up the search.

Two months to the day he disappeared, Jack tumbled from the ceiling of the terminal’s customs room and was immediately taken away for treatment, first in Forest Hills and then in Manhattan, where he was transferred late last week.

American Airlines expressed its condolences to Pascoe for her loss on their Facebook page.

“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,” the airline said in a statement.

Jack’s fans, however, blasted American for failing to keep Jack secure in the first place and many threatened on the company’s Facebook page to never use the airline’s services ever again.

“Nothing you can say to make this right. NOTHING!” Darlene Triplett Jones posted on the page.

Lynch said she does not know if there were any funeral arrangements for the cat.

Reach reporter Ivan Pereira by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4546.

Updated 11:17 am, November 7, 2011
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Anita M. Busch from Los Angeles, CA says:
Good story.

The reason for the outrage against American Airlines is that AA didn't contact the owner for days after an employee of theirs mishandled the cage and Jack escaped.

Next, AA didn't take searchers suggestions.

Then AA wouldn't fly Karen back to search for Jack.

After that, AA deleted comments about Jack from their Public FB wall and then banned customers who asked questions about Jack.

AA then tried to take credit for finding Jack when in reality he just fell out of the ceiling.

Is it any wonder customers are outraged?
Nov. 7, 2011, 12:27 pm
gloria from queens says:
this is a very sad ending, but for 2 months he sufferred complete darkness, starvation, horrific ear drum breaking noise, sleeplessness, debris, glass, and complete loneliness, from a happy existance to a living ghastly nightmare, did he die in vain?
Nov. 7, 2011, 12:47 pm
Rosie from Louisville says:
There is one question that remains unanswered since the day American Airlines lost this pet - why did AA even attempt to fly a pet as cargo when their own guidelines clearly state no animal may be shipped as cargo when the outdoor air temperature exceeds 85 degrees - and this was in the middle of August from NY to CA. "Pets cannot be accepted when the current or forecasted temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29.4 degrees C) at any location on the itinerary."
Nov. 7, 2011, 4 pm
Karen from Ontario, Canada says:
Caring airlines went out the window decades ago, money is all what matters!! Hire people that NEED a job, not want a job. You suck AA & Jack's story will soon become a human's story if you smarten up!! Jack enjoy heaven
Nov. 8, 2011, 4:23 am
Kris from Wisconsin Rapids says:
I'm so sorry sweetie. I hope you are having a good time in heaven. Your mommy will be there before you know it. :''(
July 7, 2012, 5:06 am

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