47 cats found living in a car with their owner in Minnesota

The animals were rescued on Tuesday after temperatures climbed to 32C. Inside the car, it would have been much hotter.

Pic: Animal Humane Society
Some 47 cats have been rescued from a car parked in sweltering heat, animal welfare workers have said.

The cats had been living in the vehicle with their owner, who had recently become homeless but did not want to leave the animals behind.

They were found in the car while it was parked at a rest area in the US state of Minnesota.

Temperatures in the area climbed to 32C (90F) on Tuesday - the day when the cats were rescued. Inside the car, it would have been much hotter.

Despite the heat, most of the cats - which range in age from less than a year to more than 12 - had only minor medical issues.

Pic: Animal Humane Society
Ashley Pudas, an investigator at the Animal Humane Society, said: "Unfortunately, with the heat yesterday he recognized that it was above and beyond what he was capable of at this time.

"And he let us help them out."

The owner had been living with the cats for a while but he had not left them alone. He had previously given up 14 other cats that had been living in the car.

Once the 47 cats have been examined and treated, they will be sterilised and made available for adoption.

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