At the Erie International Airport in Pennsylvania, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents found a kitten packed in checked luggage “without food, water or air.” The owners of the six-month-old female kitten, Olivia Sari, 21, and Nicholas M. Larrison, 21, have been charged with transporting an animal in a cruel manner and endangering her welfare.
According to GoErieNews, the kitten named Slim has been turned over to the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania after the airport’s baggage inspection and scanning system alerted TSA officers to further scan the luggage. Ian Bogle, the airport’s director of public safety, stated it was a “poor decision made on the customers’ part.” The couple face fines pending the outcome of the case.
Airlines commonly accommodate bringing pets on board – especially a small cat. Why the couple decided to risk the kitten’s life by stuffing her in a suitcase is sad and disturbing. In all of Bogle’s 28 years working at the airport, although he admits to witnessing quite a few strange things, this is the first time he has ever faced this situation.
What were they thinking?
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