Authorities stated Wednesday that 47 cats were rescued from a truck parked in blazing heat at an Interstate 35 rest stop near Harris in Chisago County.
According to Animal Humane Society investigator Ashley Pudas, the cats discovered Tuesday were living in the van with their owner, who had just become homeless and didn’t want to leave the animals behind.
“Unfortunately, with the heat yesterday, he realized that it was beyond his capabilities at this moment.” And he let us assist them,” she added, emphasizing that the owner had not abandoned the animals.
According to the Animal Humane Society, the owner has been living with cats in the van “for some time.” Despite the heat and unclean surroundings, the majority of the cats were in good health.
On Tuesday, the temperature in the area surpassed 90 degrees.
The cats range in age from a few months to more than a decade. According to officials, they will be sterilized and put available for adoption in the future.
14 of the cats who had been residing in the car had already been surrendered by the owner. A local rescue group took them in.