-- I gave permission to our community service officers to make entry to the vehicle to rescue the cats. They got a tow truck to help them breach the lock on the van to get in," said Bernier.
Officers on scene said they "lost track of counting during the two hours they worked to remove the cats."
As for the owner of the van, she returned visibly upset around 3 pm (the police were called at 1:40 pm!). Sgt Bernier detained the woman as the remaining cats were safely removed. The unnamed woman will be appearing at court for infractions related to prior instance when police were called to check on cats in her van. Those calls were made on June 17 and June 20th.