California Rescuers Save 24 Cats Locked in Extremely Hot Car

Two dozen cats are recovering after they were discovered locked inside an extremely hot car on the outskirts of Los Angeles without water or fresh food.

According to the Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA, the cats were discovered by an employee of the Quality Inn Convention Center in Ontario, east of Los Angeles, on April 26.

When humane officers first arrived, they initially observed eight cats inside the vehicle with a “potent smell” emitting from the car. A thermometer showed the temperature inside the vehicle reached 118 degrees. No owner was in sight, they said.

Officers opened the vehicle door and immediately identified several more cats with no signs of drinking water and only “urine-saturated food” available. A total of 24 cats were found between the trunk and the main cabin of the car.

The Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA said the cats were assessed by veterinary staff for trauma and “are being monitored and rehabilitated as needed.” Credit: Inland Valley Humane Society and SCPA via Storyful