Two 21-year-olds flying to Tampa International Airport are facing animal cruelty charges in Pennsylvania after packing a 6-month-old cat in their luggage, according to theErie Times-News.
The Erie International Airport police told the newspaper that Olivia Sari and Nicholas M. Larrison, both of North Port, had their cat, Slim, in a suitcase with clothes and other items on a New Year's Day flight to Florida.
The airport's security system alerted workers to check the bag. Inside, they found the cat without food and water.
"Twenty-eight years I've been here. I've seen some unique things. I've been involved in plenty of unique things," public safety head Ian Bogle told the paper. "This is a first."
The pair could face fines on a charge of transporting the animal "in a cruel manner."
Slim was turned over the local Humane Society, the airport said.