24 cats rescued from extremely hot vehicle

April 27, 2020, Pomona, CA – Twenty-four cats have been rescued from a vehicle with an inside temperature of 118° parked at the Quality Inn Ontario Convention Center in the City of Ontario. The cats had no water or fresh food in the Honda Civic in which they were trapped. The owner of the vehicle was identified as a guest of the hotel and was issued a citation for P.C. 597 (Crimes against Animals) and P.C. 597.7 (Animal in Vehicle) with 24 counts.

Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA (IVHS) was contacted by the Ontario Police Department after it received a report of several animals inside a vehicle from a Quality Inn employee. Upon arriving to the scene, IVHS Humane Officers observed at least 8 cats inside the vehicle and a potent smell escaping from the car. Humane Officers were able to get the vehicle’s passenger door open and immediately identified several more cats and only urine-saturated food available to them with no signs of drinking water.






A total of 24 cats were rescued from the trunk and the main cabin of the vehicle, which was filled with excrement. Temperature readings identified that the inside of the vehicle was 118° and climbing with only one window cracked a total of three centimetres for air circulation. 

All animals were immediately assessed by the IVHS veterinary staff for trauma and are being monitored and rehabilitated as needed. The shelter is accepting monetary support to assist in the care of these neglected cats. All donations can be made by clicking the “DONATE” button below. The cats will be available for Foster to Hold or Foster to Adopt at Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA.


The Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. is a private, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to providing protection, shelter and medical care to abandoned and injured animals of our community. For more information, contact IVHS at or by phone at 909-623-9777.

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