Police: 8 cats dead after being shut in hot vehicle in Nampa

Eight young cats died after being shut in a hot vehicle with 20 other cats Thursday, according to Nampa Police Department.

Ashley Leptich, 31, the owner of the cats was charged with 33 counts of animal cruelty, police said.

Police discovered the 28 trapped cats near a residence at the 1900 block of Lambert Drive during a property check. The cats were between the ages of 2 days old and 2 years old, police said.

The temperature inside the vehicle was up to 120 degrees, police said.

Animal Control and Nampa police worked together to remove the cats from the vehicle and administer first aid treatment, but 8 of the youngest cats died, police said.

More unhealthy cats were discovered inside the residence. All of the felines were taken to an animal shelter, police said.