Nearly 30 cats and kittens were rescued from inside an RV near Tuscon, Arizona, by the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). PACC said that RV was 101 degrees inside and covered in feces and urine, with trash piled up around the outside of RV.

Source: News 4 Tucson KVOA-TV

All of the cats appear to have upper respiratory issues, some seem lethargic, and there was one dead kitten in a crate. It is not clear why the cats and kittens were left in the scalding hot vehicle.

“We are going to be working to save these cats’ lives over the next couple of days,” Kristen Hassen, the director of animal services at PACC, said in a statement. “They are in serious condition and they’re heading straight into our emergency medical clinic for treatment.”

Every summer, animals die after being carelessly left in a hot car. In 2019, PETA reported 53 animals died from heat-related causes and another 126 were rescued from the heat. However, the death toll is likely to be much higher due to underreporting.

These companion animals often have more difficultly cooling themselves, leaving them extremely vulnerable to heatstroke. Never leave your pets in a hot car. If you witness an animal in distress in a locked car, call the police in your area.

Read One Green Planet’s guide to helping an animal trapped in a hot car and find out about state laws and leaving animals in parked cars.

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