INLAND VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY & S.P.C.A.

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INDIVIDUAL WHO TRAPPED CATS IN HOT CAR HIDING 42 MORE

May 1, 2020, Pomona, CA – Forty-two more cats have been discovered— 24 deceased and 18 living—at the same hotel where twenty-four cats were recently rescued from a vehicle that exceeded inside temperature of 118°. Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA (IVHS) Humane Officers have identified that the additional cats were trapped by the same offender that had inhumanely left cats in a hot car. They have charged the individual with 10 counts of P.C. 597 (Animal Cruelty) and 24 counts of P.C. 374.3(d) (Dumping Carcasses).

Four days after the two-dozen cats were saved from the sweltering vehicle by IVHS Humane Officers, Ontario Police Department received another call from the Quality Inn Ontario Convention Center that reported a strong, putrid smell. After arriving on scene, Ontario PD and IVHS discovered 24 deceased cats in a storage container on the property.

After officers investigated the guest’s hotel room, they uncovered 10 kittens and 8 more adult cats living in the space. Humane Officers were able to rescue all additional 18 cats who have since been transported to The Inland Valley Humane Society and are being treated by the IVHS veterinary team.

From the eighteen surviving cats, ten were sick and malnourished kittens that are now being rehabilitated at the shelter. IVHS veterinary staff is awaiting additional results to determine the cause of death for the twenty-four cats found in the storage container. The shelter is accepting monetary support from the community to assist in caring for these additional cats. All donations can be made by clicking the “DONATE” button below. The rescued adult cats are available for Foster to Hold or Foster to Adopt at the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA. The kittens will be available once weaned and deemed healthy enough by our veterinary staff. All pets available at the shelter can be viewed at ivhsspca.org/animals.

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 info@ivhsspca.org or by phone at 909-623-9777.

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