47 cats living in an SUV with their owner, rescued by authorities

The Minnesota cat owner had 61 cats in the SUV but released 14 last week to a rescue organization
Cats in SUV and Minnesota rest stop. Source Animal Humane Society of Minnesota.

CHISAGO COUNTY, Minn. — On Tuesday, June 14, Animal Humane Society (AHS) humane agents removed 47 cats from the sweltering heat inside a vehicle at a rest stop near Harris, Minnesota. The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol Troopers requested assistance from AHS after responding to a report about the cats at the rest stop.

The 47 cats were released to AHS by their owner, who had been living with them in the vehicle for some time. Fourteen other cats from the vehicle were released to a local rescue organization prior to Tuesday. The owner of the cats was assessed on the scene by paramedics and provided with medical resources.

The cats released to AHS range in age from less than a year to more than 12 years old. Despite the extreme heat and unsanitary conditions inside the vehicle, most of the cats seem to have only minor medical issues. They are currently being cared for, examined, and evaluated by AHS veterinary and animal behavior staff. Once any medical and behavior issues have been addressed, the cats will be sterilized and made available for adoption through AHS or one of its rescue partners.

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