Forty-seven cats were rescued from a vehicle that was parked in sweltering heat at a southeastern Minnesota rest area, authorities said Wednesday.
The cats discovered Tuesday were living in the car with their owner who recently became homeless and didn’t want to leave the animals behind, according to Animal Humane Society investigator Ashley Pudas.
‘Unfortunately, with the heat yesterday he recognized that it was above and beyond what he was capable of at this time. And he let us help them out,’ she said, noting that the owner had not left the cats alone.
The owner had been living with cats in the vehicle ‘for some time,’ the Animal Humane Society said.
Forty-seven cats were rescued from a vehicle that was parked in sweltering heat at a southeastern Minnesota
The cats were found in the car while it was parked at a rest area in Minnesota. The owner had been living with cats in the vehicle
The cats discovered Tuesday were living in the car with their owner who recently became homeless and didn’t want to leave the animals behind
Animal Humane Society said: ‘Sweltering June heat and humidity. No home, no air conditioning. Living inside your car alongside your cats and unsure where to turn. This was the reality a community member faced yesterday when a concerned police officer knocked on their car window.’
Despite the heat and unsanitary conditions, most of the cats had only minor medical issues.
The rest stop was on Interstate 35 near Harris, about 50 miles north of Minneapolis. Temperatures in the area climbed over 90 degrees on Tuesday.
‘Our Humane Investigations agents worked quickly and carefully to bring all four dozen animals back to AHS,’ said the society.
‘Ranging in ages from just under a year to 12 years old, our expert veterinarians have just started examining each cat, providing vaccinations, balanced nutrition, specialized behavioral rehabilitation, and spay/neuter surgery.
Most of the cats had only minor medical issues and recovered quickly from the incident
The cats range in age from less than a year to more than 12 years old. They will eventually be sterilized and made available for adoption
‘Yesterday, 47 animals’ lives were irrevocably changed. Today, 47 cats are finally experiencing what it’s like to have their own space in which to sleep, play, and eat. This is just the beginning of their second chance but it’s 47 second chances we can promise.’
The cats will eventually be sterilized and made available for adoption, authorities said.
The owner had previously given up 14 of the cats that had been living in the car. They were taken by a local rescue organization.
‘Despite the extreme heat and unsanitary living conditions, the cats are in relatively good health – though most are dehydrated and a little untrusting of our helping hands,’ said AHS. ‘It will take days, if not weeks, to provide the ongoing care each animal needs.’
The society is appealing for donations to help pay for the care of the animals.