Cops reportedly rescue 30 cats from inside hot vehicle parked outside of business

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Authorities in North Dakota say they rescued dozens of cats from a hot vehicle in a commercial parking lot last week in Fargo.

Reports show temperatures reached the 80s on Thursday when Fargo Police Sgt. Mike Bernier said officers found the animals inside a van. There were reportedly about 30 cats inside, though police say they lost count.

“The vehicle was not running,” Bernier said. “I gave permission to our community service officers to make entry to the vehicle to rescue the cats. They got a tow truck to help them breach the lock on the van to get in.”

Police say the vehicle owner arrived some time later and was upset to find the responding officers. She was not arrested, but will be cited for leaving animals unattended.

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