UPDATE: 3 cats dead after a dozen found in hot car

Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 12:14 PM EDT
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Several cats are being cared for after they were rescued from a hot car Tuesday afternoon.

Some good Samaritans discovered a dozen cats in a car in a parking lot in the Guyandotte area of Huntington.

Animal control officers say the heat in the car registered over 100 degrees.

In the car a bowl of food was knocked over, the food was covered in feces, and the car smelled like urine and was full of garbage.

A humane officer says three cats were found dead in the vehicle. Two cats escaped. Seven were taken to the animal shelter alive. They are expected to recover.

One kitten in the car was so tiny it still hadn't even opened its eyes yet.

Investigators say the car owner will appear in city court later this month on 12 counts of animal cruelty. Humane officers filed the charges.

Humane officers say because some of the cats died, they spoke with the prosecutor's office about possible felony charges. Prosecutors decided not to move forward with those.