'Jack the Cat's' life has sad ending

American Airlines posted this note Sunday night about Jack the Cat, who was found about two weeks ago at JFK Airport. The Fort Worth-based carrier had lost Jack after his owner, Karen Pascoe, had checked him in to American Airlines prior to her flight to Los Angeles, two months earlier.

"Jack was euthanized by the veterinarian today. We are deeply saddened that Jack the cat has passed away, and we offer profound sympathy to Jack’s owner, Karen Pascoe, for her loss. Our heart also goes out to the Friends of Jack and those in the cat-loving community who have grown fond of Jack since he went missing. We understand that a cat is a beloved family member for so many, including our own employees.

"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."

And the following message was also posted on the Facebook page maintained by Karen's sister on Sunday evening:

"It is with tears that I must tell you that Jack has gone over the rainbow bridge. (continued in 1st comment) He was with Karen yesterday, and his condition was worsening. He was treated overnight, and she (and I) both had extensive conversations with the vets at Blue Pearl regarding his condition. Jack had extensive wounds on the back of his body, and the wounds were unable to heal because his skin had deteriorated due to the malnutrition that occurred while he was lost.

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