Basil the cat has been roaming somewhere around O’Hare International Airport in Chicago since July 30. He is trying to find his way back to his owner.
Shelly-Marie Rios was moving to Detroit, Michigan to Austin, Texas with her two cats, Basil and Jasper. She put both one-year-old cats in a pet carrier to be put on an American Airlines plane for Austin.
At O’Hare, she was told that the cat carrier came apart when it was being loaded. Jasper went one way, and Basil went the other way. An American Airlines employee was able to catch Jasper, but Basil escaped.
“First of all, I’m broken-hearted that I don’t have my cat,” Rios said, “and secondly, that the cage was treated so inhumanely that the latches were actually broken off the cage.”
An American Airlines spokeswoman, Mary Frances Fagan said there was no inhumane treatment. She said when the ramp worker was loading the airplane, he lifted the carrier by the handle, and the bottom fell off.
Fagan said it is rare that American Airlines loses a pet and said the airline is truly sorry.
The company continues to put out food and have people looking for Basil.
Fagan added that it is rare that American Airlines loses an animal and that the airline is â€œterribly sorry.â€ They are very concerned about the situation and the safety of Basil and taking it very seriously.
Rios said she has had both of the cats since they were kittens and calls them both family. She said both Basil and Jasper were indoor cats, and that this is Basil’s first experience in the outdoors.
She also added that Jasper has not been the same since Basil has been missing. She has been walking around the house, meowing, and looking for Basil.
Rios has been calling animal shelters around the airport in hopes Basil was found outside its fences. She said Basil could also still be hiding at the airport.
Source: Chicago Sun Times