Twenty-seven animals rescued from hot car in St. Charles

Monday, June 28, 2010 | 3:10 p.m. CDT

 ST. CHARLES  — 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.

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 on the fourth floor of the parking garage at the Ameristar Casino.

Police said the animals had no water but some food was scattered on the car's floor. The windows were cracked open about 1 inch.

Authorities believe the woman had arrived about 25 minutes earlier. She told police she is homeless and living in the car.


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