SOUTH-WEST OF MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A distraught cat owner is opening up after her pet took flight during a layover in South Florida.
Cellphone video recorded by a Miami International Airport employee captured Sani the cat in a crate before she disappeared.
Rebecca Bly, the feline’s owner, spoke to 7News on Friday.
“We are desperate. We really need their help,” she said.
Bly said that nightmare began when she and her husband began their move from Costa Rica to North Carolina.
They put Sani and her mother on an American Airlines flight on Nov. 17, and they headed to their new home with a layover in Miami.
She said the airline hired Pet Limo to transport the cats to a boarding house in southwest Miami-Dade for the layover.
“When his mother was taken away and located, he took a chance and jumped out of the van,” Bly said.
Bly said the shipping company believes the cat went through a crack in the crate and escaped. The pet’s owner said the crack was not there before the flight.
Sani has now been missing for over a week.
Bly’s husband flew to South Florida on Friday to meet with the airline and transportation company.
“At the end of the day, we paid them to transport our fur babies, our pets to our new home, and so it’s their responsibility, and something went wrong,” Bly said.
Bly said finding Sani was the only thing that would fix things. She asks anyone who lives near the Canine Country Club at 6201 SW 118th Ave. to be on the lookout for the 15 pound male tabby.
“Please, please, please just help us get our family together,” she said. “He’s supposed to be here with us, and I know he wants to be, so please keep an eye on him.”
People from the transport company and the boarding school posted flyers, and they told 7News that they set traps and searched day and night.
A spokesperson for American Airlines released a statement on Friday evening which read: “After arriving safely at Miami International Airport, Sani escaped from his kennel as he was heading to an overnight facility. We are all concerned for Sani’s well-being – and our team members are working with his owner to locate him.
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