Four terrified puppies, locked in a cage strapped to the roof of a van, were rescued by police after dozens of concerned drivers noticed them and called 911.
Wendell Steiner, his wife, and the couple’s four children were pulled over by police in Akron, Ohio, on their 300-mile journey from Nova, Ohio, to Pennsylvania.
The family’s mixed-breed puppies were all wind-battered and huddled together in the cage when they were rescued, however no injuries were observed, Sgt. Kris Beitzel told WKYC.
1. Four terrified puppies, strapped in a cage to the roof of a van moving on a freeway, were rescued after dozens of concerned drivers called 911 and police pulled over the car.
2. Wendell Steiner, his wife, and their four children were stopped by police in Akron, Ohio during their 300-mile journey from Nova, Ohio to Pennsylvania.
Sgt. Beitzel said:
I didn’t see any injuries. They would not leave each other. They had urinated all over the inside of the cage. When I tried to get them out, they were trying to crawl back in.
The puppies’ cage was covered with a blanket on three sides, with its rear left open.
Beitzel explained that when she asked the driver why the dogs were not riding in the van with the family, he replied that there wasn’t enough room because he had “far more important things to put in the car, meaning his children”.
3. Akron Police Sgt. Kris Beitzel (left) tended to the four dogs in the cage while two of the family’s children kept watch.
4. The driver said they were transporting the dogs to his wife’s family in Pennsylvania, because his father could no longer keep them.
Steiner told Beitzel that the dogs belong to his father, The Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The driver explained that they were transporting the puppies to his wife’s family in Pennsylvania, because his father could no longer keep them.
Beitzel told Buzzfeed that the Mennonite family “had no idea what they were doing was wrong”. She said:
They couldn’t understand what all the tension was about. In that culture they just look at puppies as livestock. They don’t look at them as pets the way we do.
5. The mixed-breed puppies were wind-battered and huddled together in the cage when they were rescued, but had no injuries.
6. Akron police didn’t charge Steiner, but they did educate him about the proper transportation of animals.
The Steiners, who told the officer that they had no idea it was illegal to transport dogs on the roof of a moving vehicle, were let go with a warning. Steiner told The Akron Beacon Journal:
If I had known, I’d never agree to it. I would have kept them in Nova.
The police took custody of the puppies and Beitzel believes the “traumatized” canines will improve “with a little love and attention”.
The dogs were then taken to a local veterinarian hospital for a check-up and will be placed with the Humane Society of Great Akron to be put up for adoption.
7. The puppies were taken to a local veterinarian hospital to be examined and will be placed with the Humane Society of Great Akron to be put up for adoption.
8. A police officer pulls over a van on an expressway with dogs strapped on the roof.
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