A cat who escaped from his crate at Sea-Tac Airport over the weekend was found safe and sound – although a bit greasy – this morning.
Missing Pet Partnership reported yesterday that "Wenty" was being transported on a direct flight from Tucson to Seattle on Saturday, but when his owner showed up to claim him in baggage, the carrier was there but Wenty was not.
MPP volunteers conducted a 3 ½-hour search of the SeaTac baggage area and tarmac on Sunday night. Volunteers used a cat detection dog, Wenty's mom Ashley, and an Alaskan Airlines employee, but came up emtpy
But at about 1 am.. Monday, baggage handlers from United Airlines noticed a pair of white paws sticking out from under a conveyor belt. They knelt down with a flashlight, saw Wenty, and they were able to grab him.
Kat Albrecht of MPP says Alaska Airlines did a great job of notifying all airport staff of Wenty's escape and "bent over backwards" to allow access to any and every potential hiding place.
MPP says it's a mystery how Wenty escaped. Ashley said the crate was secure and actually watched the TSA agent seal the front door of the carrier with tape. The baggage handlers in Tucson said Wenty was in the carrier when loaded onto the plane in Tucson, but when he landed in Seattle, the cage was very light (empty) and when they handed it to Ashley, one of the plastic snaps at the back of the crate was unsnapped.
Wenty was taken to the vet, where he was reunited with Ashley.