More than two dozens animals were rescued from a midsize sedan parked at the Lebanon VA Medical Center after their owner checked herself into the hospital, according to the Humane Society of Lebanon County.
The owner of the car, a veteran, had been living with the animals in the car since January, Humane Society spokeswoman Suzanne Biever said in a news release.
The woman alerted hospital staff that the animals were still in the car when she checked in late Friday, and the cats and dogs were rescued Saturday morning, Biever said.
The 24 cats, all Persians and Siamese, and three dogs, two cocker spaniels and a Chihuahua-mix, were taken to the Humane Society shelter where they were examined, vaccinated and dewormed.
The cats appeared to be in fair condition with signs of mild dehydration and some fecal matting due to the conditions in the car, and the dogs all appeared to be in good condition, according to the news release.
The owner of the car has transferred ownership of the 27 animals to the Humane Society of Lebanon County, Biever said.
"The condition of the car is what you would expect it to look like with 27 animals living in it. It was pretty bad," said Aspasia Yeager, director of the Lebanon County Humane Society.
"Thankfully, the animals were not in too bad of shape medically, and I really believe that the woman knew she was in over her head. I am just glad we could help the animals and help her out as well."
The cats and dogs will be monitored over the next few days.
They will be available for adoption within the next week once they have been spayed or neutered and medically cleared.