New York state police were shocked to find 104 puppies which were reportedly being transported to a puppy mill.
104 puppies were reportedly en route to a puppy mill when the truck that was transporting them veered off the shoulder of Interstate 86 in Avoca, New York. Finger Lakes SPCA wrote on Facebook that when state police arrived at the state of the accident, they looked incredulously at the mass amount of puppies present.
Though the accident was unfortunate, it was a fateful circumstance that the “puppies of varying breed types” were rescued. Puppy mills are notorious for inhumanely breeding dogs, most of which end up in pet stores while millions of dogs around the U.S. are euthanized after waiting for forever homes in animal shelters.
According to the agency’s post,
“Young puppies of varying breed types (including many toy and smaller breeds) were removed from a transport van one at a time by law enforcement. They were then handed to the on-site L.V.T. , Andrea Williams, for triage. There were no fatalities, but two puppies had serious injuries (one had a fractured jaw and one had a fractured leg). They were quickly transported by FLSPCA personnel to the Bath Veterinary Hospital for medical care where they were stabilized. There were 104 puppies removed in total.”
Fortunately, only two puppies were seriously injured by the collision. Due to the necessity of medical care, however, they remained with the transport company. The FLSPCA is currently pursuing a formal release of ownership.
“While we too abhor puppy mills, we know of no means to legally confiscate animals only because there is a strong likelihood that a puppy came from one,” says the FLSPCA. “We would like to express our extreme appreciation to the New York State Troopers, T & R Towing, Bath Veterinary Hospital, FLSPCA staff and volunteers for all of their efforts to mobilize and quickly assist these animals. We would also like to thank our community for their concern for these puppies.”
As is noted on Facebook, the agency works hard to prevent animal cruelty through a variety of humane programs. It is the group’s intention to support “area law enforcement with their investigations as requested.” Watch the video below:
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