Watch: Almost 50 cats found living inside a car at Minnesota rest stop

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(Image credit: WCCO - CBS Minnesota)

Almost 50 cats were rescued after being found living inside a car at a Minnesota rest stop this past Tuesday, June 14, according to CBS Minnesota. Check out the video below, and read on for more details.

The car was at a rest stop on a major interstate in the area when a passer-by noticed dozens of cats piled up on the dashboard and pressed against the windshield. There was a heat warning in effect for that day, but luckily it was still fairly early in the morning, according to Ashley Pudas, the Animal Humane Society officer who responded to the 911 call.

There were 47 cats in total living inside the SUV along with their owner, who was also using the vehicle as a place of residence. The owner was "cooperative" and handed all of the cats over to the AHS, who were supported in their removal by local police officers.

"Nobody wakes up and says, 'I'm gonna own 47 cats.' So it's just something that happens over time," Pudas tells CBS Minnesota. Thankfully, the cats (which range in age from a few months to 12 years old) only appear to have minor medical issues, and will hopefully all go to fantastic new homes in the near future. Most of them are currently with the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota for evaluation and care, although 14 of them were released to a local rescue organization before the events that took place on June 14. The AHS writes that "once any medical and behavior issues have been addressed, the cats will be sterilized and made available for adoption through AHS or one of its rescue partners."

 If you're interested in adopting one of the car cats, head to their website right here.