Cat goes missing at airport

2012-10-24 11:19

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Last year a cute little ginger cat named Jack made headline news around the world when he mysteriously went missing at JFK international airport in New York. He was found two months later when he fell from an air vent. 

Now, almost exactly a year later, another feline is on the loose in JFK terminal 4, and her owners are only hoping that she will reappear sooner and in better health than the poor starved Jack did. 

NBCNews reports that four-year old Xiaohwa (the cat's name means "little flower" in Chinese) was being checked in last Thursday for China Airlines Flight 19 to Taiwan by a friend bringing the cat to its owner. But Xiaohwa bolted when the traveler removed her so security officers could inspect the pet carrier.

Her owner, Iris Yu, says she's having a hard time finding out what is being done to find her pet.
"I am so worried and wondering where she is," Yu told NBC News from her home in Taiwan. "I have been calling the Port Authority and the airline every day trying to ask for details about the search, but they just tell me to wait." Yu moved to Taiwan 10 months ago and paid $120 for a ticket for the cat to travel with her friend as excess baggage. She spent hundreds of dollars more for documents, health exams and other travel preparations for the cat.

To make matters worse Xiaohwa suffers from cat AIDS and urgently needs treatment. 

Where is Jack - a non-profit formed to honor Jack's legacy - share Yu's concern that China Airlines and the National Port's Authority of New York and New Jersey are not searching hard enough. 

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