NORTH PORT, Fla. -- A Suncoast animal lover is devastated after the cat she has waited months for went missing on it's way to Tampa International Airport.
"We have five rescue cats," said Tamsin Dayment, a North Port woman who was supposed to receive a rather unique looking peterbald cat named Rudy.
"We purchased the cat and we've been watching him grow and everything over the past four months," said Dayment.
Rudy was put on a flight from Seattle, Washington with a connection in Atlanta.
He was supposed to arrive at Tampa International Airport at 10 a.m. on Thursday, but something happened in Atlanta.
Rudy went missing. It's possible his crate tipped over,
"We were not prepared for what they told us," said Dayment.
Delta simply told them their cat was lost. Dayment says it wasn't until the next day that Delta made it a point to find Rudy by paying for a dog to try to sniff him out.
The effort hasn't produced any results, but Dayment has a pretty good idea what the cat did after it escaped the crate.
"He ran and he hid and he's hunkered down in a hiding spot," said Dayment. "Cats are very good hiders and are resourceful and he can stay hidden a few days before he comes out."
She has spoken to Delta numerous times since Rudy went missing and at this point, she's only sure of one thing.
"We know from what we've read that we are only liable for 5 cents a pound, which would basically be 5 dollars."
Dayment says her main focus is not to place blame, but to bring Rudy home.
"We're just trying to get as many people out there in the world to see him and get our cat home," said Dayment.
Delta was unable to comment on the situation at this time.
In an effort to find Rudy, the family created a "Find Rudy" Facebook page and is even offering a $2000 reward for anyone who can locate him.