DAPHNE, Ala. (WKRG) – An elderly mother and her son arrived at the La Quinta Inn Saturday after their car broke down on their way to Arkansas, their truck jammed packed including 2 dogs, three birds and about 20 cats. While everyone else checked in at their hotel, the cats were left in the back of the truck for at least 3 days.

Peggy Wilkins, who heard a faint meow coming from the back of a truck and was shocked by what she found. “There were cats crammed in three crates. They couldn’t move. No fresh air, no food, no water nothing and they looked desperate like they were having heat stroke.”

Stuck in between a few boxes, the cats have been living there for at least three days. “It’s still upsetting and I called 911 and said we’ve got to do something about this.”

Her next call was to her daughter Heather. “I immediately got into action and started pulling the cages out, pouring water in the kennels. The cats were absolutely desperate to get to water just immediately scrambling over each other to get to the water.”

The owners surrendered all 20 cats, including three kittens born over the weekend, avoiding animal cruelty charges. “They were mad at us that we reported it and they left we don’t know where they went,” says Wilkins.

All of the cats and kittens have food, water and a roof over their head now at the Daphne Animal Shelter which could probably use a little extra help with their sudden population explosion.

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