ST. CHARLES, Mo.

Twenty-five cats and two dogs are expected to recover after being rescued from a hot car parked outside a casino while their owner was inside gambling.

STLtoday.com, the website for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reported Monday that the owner has relinquished the animals to the City of St. Charles.

It happened Sunday, when temperatures in St. Charles were in the 90s with high humidity. Someone called 911 after seeing the animals inside a Chevrolet Lumina in the parking garage at the Ameristar Casino.