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Bucks SPCA rescues 24 cats living in unheated car


Late in the evening on Tuesday, Jan. 7, Bucks County SPCA’s (BCSPCA) Chief Humane Police Officer Nikki Thompson rescued 24 sick cats found living in an unheated car in Morrisville.

BCSPCA had been searching for the vehicle for two days. An online tip from a concerned citizen enabled her to pinpoint its location.

What she found was disturbing. The cats were cold, thirsty, underweight and in poor condition. They were immediately transported to the warmth and safety of the BCSPCA’s shelter in Lahaska where they gratefully emptied multiple water and food bowls. All the animals will be examined by the organization’s veterinary team and begin specific treatments to help them recover.

The cats’ owner reportedly collected the animals from the property of an apartment building. BCSPCA negotiated the surrender of all 24 cats, which means once they return to health, they can be placed for adoption without further legal action. BCSPCA will continue to work with the individual to prevent a repeat of this kind of hoarding situation.

BCSPCA’s Executive Director Linda Reider expressed gratitude for the quick work of the community to help put a stop to the suffering of the cats.

“We are grateful for people who speak up on behalf of those who have no voice. Thanks to a tip received by Officer Thompson, two dozen sick and hungry cats were spared another night of exposure to below-freezing temperatures...”

In 2019, the Bucks County SPCA rescued a record-breaking 600 animals from cruelty and neglect, she said.

To donate to the BCSPCA’s Animal Relief Fund, which provides food, medical treatment and ongoing care for animals rescued through animal cruelty investigations, visit, call 215-794-7425, or by visiting the shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown.

To report suspected neglected or abuse in Bucks County, call the 24-hour hotline at 215-794-7425 or email All tips are confidential.

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