Almost 50 cats have been rescued after they were found living inside a vehicle alongside their owner, by a concerned police officer.
On June 14, 47 cats were found in a vehicle at a rest stop in Minnesota and the Animal Humane Society (AHS) was called to help remove them.
The cats, alongside their owner, had been living in the vehicle for "some time" and before Tuesday, 14 were taken to a local rescue organisation.
At the scene, the owner was assessed by paramedics and was supplied medical resources, AHS said.
AHS said the cats were "sweltering" due to the heat and humidity and that there was no air conditioning in the vehicle.
"Our Humane Investigations agents worked quickly and carefully to bring all four dozen animals back to AHS," a statement on Facebook said.
"Ranging in ages from just under a year to 12 years old, our expert veterinarians have just started examining each cat."
Despite the living conditions, many of the cats only had minor medical issues.
Once the medical and behaviour issues have been addressed the cats will be sterilised and then made available for adoption.
"Yesterday, 47 animals’ lives were irrevocably changed," the AHS said.
"Today, 47 cats are finally experiencing what it’s like to have their own space in which to sleep, play, and eat.
"This is just the beginning of their second chance but it's 47 second chances we can promise because we can count on animal lovers like you — yesterday, today, and every day thereafter."
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