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|CTVnews 04 Jun 2014 at 16:36|
The B.C. owner of a seven-month-old cat that went missing at a Montreal airport two weeks ago says she is outraged that Air Canada still cant locate the pet.
Chester the cat was in the live cargo area of the airport when he disappeared 14 days ago at Pierre Trudeau International Airport. Chester was en route to his new home in Surrey B.C., after Amanda Stewart purchased the pet from a Montreal breeder.
Air Canada says Chester went missing from the cargo area after the bottom of his kennel somehow became unsecured.
Stewart, a mother of three young children, says her family has been eagerly awaiting Chesters arrival since seeing a photo of him online. The cat, which cost Stewart $1,200, is a Scottish Fold breed of feline.
Ive started off always in tears talking to some of the people at Air Canada because I feel like Im not getting anywhere, Stewart told CTV News.
The airline said its using all the resources at its disposal to find the cat, including setting traps to lure him, sending out search teams, and posting flyers in the neighbourhoods adjacent to the airport.
In a statement, the airline said it ships thousands of animals every year, a great many of them dogs and cats, and escaped animals are rare.
But Stewart isnt convinced that the airline is doing all it can to track down the lost kitten.
I dont think theyre prepared to have this kind of a situation, Stewart said, adding the airline is treating the lost cat like a lost piece of baggage that will show up eventually,
Stewart said shes asked Air Canada for the video surveillance from inside the room where Chester was being kept, but so far, she says, the airline has refused to release the footage.
Although Chester is still quite young, his chances of survival are very good, says one Quebec veterinarian.
A cat can survive pretty well outside, theres cats that live outside their whole lives, said Dr. Valerie Sauve. Depending on if the cat is actually trapped in an area where theres access to water and potentially, food.