(AP) — Twenty-five cats and two dogs are expected to recover after being rescued from a hot car parked outside a casino while their owner was inside gambling.
STLtoday.com, the website for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reported Monday that the owner has relinquished the animals to the city of St. Charles.
It happened Sunday, when temperatures in St. Charles were in the 90s with high humidity. Someone called 911 after seeing the animals inside a Chevrolet Lumina in the parking garage at the Ameristar Casino.
Police say the animals had no water but some food scattered on the car's floor. The windows were cracked open.
Authorities believe the woman had arrived about 25 minutes earlier. She told police she is homeless and living in the car.