RIVERSIDE (CBS) — A Riverside woman is outraged that Delta Airlines lost her cat while she was boarding her flight from Egypt to Southern California.

Michelle Evans adopted her 2-year-old cat, “Patch,” when she moved to Cairo two years ago and was looking forward to bringing him home to Riverside.

Delta Airlines crew members were loading the cat onto the plane when it reportedly escaped its enclosure. Evans was boarding the flight when a Delta agent told her “Patch” had escaped.

She said she’d checked that all six clasps on the animal carrier were secure.

“There’s no way he could have broken out of there,” Evans said.

When asked to see the carrier the airline she says the airline refused. She suspects they may have crushed the carrier, allowing the cat to escape.

“The cat was traveling in an FAA approved animal carrier. He escaped from his carrier as he was being put on the plane,” said Delta spokesperson Leslie Parker.

“We are trying to help her locate the cat and are offering a $350 reward for anyone who finds it,” Parker said.

Evans is also running an international search that includes a Facebook page and blog with “Patch’s” picture.

She says she’s hopeful “Patch” is alive.

Comments (7)
  1. Susan Estrada says:

    So sorry to hear about your kitty. Very cute cat.
    If it isn’t returned, I have 2 adorable stray kitties that someone dumped at the park by our house. One is white and grey and the other is black with a white star on his chest. I am willing to get them vaccinated and altered if someone will give them a nice home.

  2. Richard in Castaic says:

    “When asked to see the carrier the airline she says the airline refused. She suspects they may have crushed the carrier, allowing the cat to escape.”

    Well, they probably did crush the carrier and that’s why the airline didn’t show the carrier because once an 18″ tall carrier is flattened to 1″, it’s not always a pretty sight.

  3. bilboa says:

    Airlines are responsible for the safety of the passengers as well as the safety of their pets.
    To handle pet carriers the same as luggage is totally wrong. There should be new laws and new standards so that pets are not rushed or crushed.
    I don’t understand either why the airline refused to show her the carrier.

  4. Chris says:

    The problem is there are SO MANY cats being dumped by people who are not responsible enough to get them fixed and no one is able to take in a Cat…..I rescued one on top of the 3 I already have…..Take responsibility people….If you see a colony of strays…There are free traps to set up….Bring them to Fixnation in Burbank, CA to have them fixed for free. Then when done, you can return the cats back to the colony location. For more info http://fixnation.org/

  5. Josh Butts says:

    They probably refused to show her the cage cuz it was crushed, with the cat inside. So here is your cat cage with the flatten feline inside. No wonder they don’t want to show her the cage. Well always hope for the better.

  6. chris says:

    Some of you have the intelligence of…I dont know what……puny brains. and a lack of respect.

  7. Rebecca says:

    Delta needs to take responsibility and PAY damages. I strongly suggest Ms. Evans file a lawsuit immediately. If not for money, to make these airlines THINK about what they’re doing – transporting LIVES. Shame on you, Delta.

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