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, explained that 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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