A seven-month-old Scottish fold cat that was due to be transferred from Trudeau airport to his new owner in B.C. was lost, and the owner is blaming Air Canada.
Amanda Stewart had purchased Chester the cat from a breeder in Montreal for $1,200 last month, and had arranged for the breeder to put him in live cargo on an Air Canada flight to Vancouver on the morning of May 21. But just before boarding, Chester escaped from his cage and disappeared.
"The breeder dropped him off at the Air Canada cargo wing at Montreal Airport at 10 a.m.," Stewart told CJAD News. "By 11:30 a.m., my time in Vancouver, I got a phone call from Air Canada Cargo saying not to go to Vancouver Airport because they had lost Chester; that he had somehow gotten out of his cage from when they were putting him in the secure room to driving him out to the airplane."
The mystery remains, but she and the breeder believe the cage was either dropped, or that someone had opened the gate to take him.
She says, too, that the Montreal breeder — whom Stewart was referred to because it was the only one who was able to sell her a blue-gray male Scottish fold cat — has refunded her the $1,200. She remains in daily contact with the breeder.
"[The breeder] said if he's found, I can just send back the money and she could have him shipped back to us," she said.
Air Canada has indicated in a statement that it's doing all it can to find the cat, and suggests that lost animals are rare.
Stewart, however, believes Air Canada could have done more to keep Chester from escaping.
"We wish Air Canada would have put a little bit more effort into finding the cat, and been more up to talking to use more and letting us know exactly what they were doing, instead of having to find out from the media [what they were doing]," she said.
In the meantime, she says her 5-year-old son is still waiting for Chester to arrive.
"I haven't let my son know that the cat is gone, I've just told him that it's being held up," she says. "I'm still holding out hope...I've heard of other cats being found a month after being lost inside of an airport."
A Facebook page has been set up by Stewart as part of the effort to find Chester.