On June 14, 2022, 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 officers 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 had only minor medical issues. They were cared for, examined, and evaluated by AHS veterinary and animal behavior staff, and a portion of the cats were placed with trusted rescue partners who answered the call to assist.
After receiving care, the cats in this case were adopted into loving homes thanks to the support of our animal loving community.
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