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Update: 113 Puppies That Crashed On Autobahn Are Safe

Update: 113 Puppies That Crashed On Autobahn Are Safe

After last week’s story about 113 puppies that spilled onto Germany’s autobahn when the truck transporting them crashed, a member of Care2 living in the area offered follow-up information. Peter, who is an animal advocate in Germany, explainedthat the puppies are safe, for now.

When responders arrived at the scene of the crash at about 5 a.m. on March 1, they found a “very battered” truck flipped on its side. The area was chaotic as young puppies ran on the side of the autobahn while others cried from inside the truck.

Rescuers, which included members of the military, had to take quick action to round up armfuls of young Pugs, Chow Chows, a Shepherd, Huskies, a Collie and Jack Russell Terrier puppies.

Then they turned their attention to the puppies trapped in the damaged truck. Crushed kennels with dogs still inside were piled on top of each other. Seven puppies were injured and one was dead.

All of the puppies were taken to a fire station where a triage area had been set up. From there, the animals were sent to close by animal shelters.

“All of the puppies that survived the crash whether injured or not were confiscated and distributed to several animal shelters near Schifferstadt where the accident occurred. They all got medical treatment,” said Peter. All of the puppies are safe and being cared for.

A veterinarian who performed the initial evaluation reported that all of the puppies were “pedigree dogs,” that came from a “Czech animal dealer” (puppy mill). They were en-route to a dealer in Germany and five other dealers in Belgium.

This information opened an investigation because Germany has strict laws about importing dogs. The country requires that puppies are a minimum age, vaccinated and micro-chipped. If not, they are confiscated, brought to animal shelters and offered free of charge for adoption.

At first glance all of the animals appear to have their legal documents, but local authorities are still examining the situation because dealers have been known to falsify paperwork.

Dr. Beate Engelhardt stressed that each dog will be individually reviewed and will not be released until they are absolutely positive the animals have been transported legally.

Animal advocates in Germany are petitioning to make it illegal to sell puppies that came from puppy mills and dealers.


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6:39PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

Hopefully, none of these dogs will be returned to the owner/breeder at the puppy mill. They all deserve a loving home.
Animal advocates in Germany need to keep the pressure on to make it illegal to sell puppies that come from puppy mills and dealers.

11:36AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Woderful news they're safe. Not so wonderful they're from a puppy mill. Thank goodness the authorities are checking every puppy and the paperwork carefully. Fingers crossed none will be returned only to be transported somewhere else again. Thank you for the update.

11:27AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

It must have been mass confusion as puppies, even with short legs, can gain speed and get away. I am sorry to hear one didn't make it, but very happy for the dogs that did. Germany should be very, very careful who adopts these adorable angels. They should make it mandatory that the adopter get the puppy (ies) spayed/neutered and microchipped. Never return these pups to the owner, he will just find somewhere else to sell them or if he can't, he will put them down.

Good luck with the adoptions and thank you to all the helpers who cared enough to be there.

4:49AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

sorry for the little one,glad the others are ok,thank you for sharing 9/7

9:50PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

sometimes crashes are good things??? imagine where these poor guys would've ended up

6:44AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

poor little one that died. =( of COURSE they shouldn't be returned to the breeder--puppy mills need to be stopped, period.

9:05PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thank you for the update on these precious babies.

9:04PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thank you for the update on these precious babies.

10:34AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

62 people either made an error voting or think these puppies should be returned to the cheap cwaphead that sent for them and had them transported unsafely. Oh well. At least now those cuties are taken care of and will soon find loving homes. Thanks for the update!

10:19AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

I'm sorry for the pup who did not survive and hope all of these pups are safe and on their ways to forever homes.

STOP PUPPY MILLS NOW.......................

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