ONTARIO, Ca. – Two-dozen cats narrowly escaped death after being left in a vehicle with temperatures reaching around 118 degrees on Sunday.
The Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. said that they received a report of several cats trapped inside a vehicle, apparently without any water. When they responded to the situation reported by an employee of the Quality Inn near the Ontario Convention Center.
When Humane Officers arrived they could smell the stench coming from the vehicle and noticed that there was no owner in sight, no water in the vehicle and the windows not even cracked open for air. “The cats and kittens were meowing in distress and our Humane officers were able to successfully break into the vehicle and are now safely rescuing the cats,” said a Humane Society Spokesperson, in a news release. The owner was located inside the hotel and told Humane Officers that the cats were in the Honda Civic for several days. The owner was cited for leaving an animal in a vehicle and crimes against animals.All of the cats were surrendered to Humane Officers by the owner.
All of the felines were transported to a veterinary hospital to be assessed, re-hydrated and cared for. “They are now in the care of our veterinary staff that is assessing their health and will be rehabilitating them,” the spokesperson added. “Our veterinarians are committed to helping every one of these kitties regain health and strength!” Although they are receiving the care that they need, they are looking for financial support to continue with the care. Any donations toward the care of these cats and kittens would be appreciated and allow them to continue to do the work that they do.
“Please DO NOT leave animals alone in a vehicle,” said the spokesperson. “It is illegal and they can experience severe trauma and irreparable damage when temperatures reach certain levels (85° outside is 119° in a vehicle). Please keep the pets of our community safe and report any animals under dangerous conditions.”
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