Over 100 puppies were rescued on Tuesday after a truck overturned in upstate New York. The truck driver is accused of speeding so fast that she lost control of a vehicle that carried numerous puppies of different breeds, and toppled onto the shoulder of Interstate 86, in Avoca.
The New York State Police report that Emily Woodrum, of Missouri, was transporting 103 puppies to mall pet stores when her box truck flipped into a ditch. New York state troopers were dispatched to the scene and with the assistance of a two truck, they were able to pull every pup to safety. Only two of the puppies suffered serious injuries. They were taken to a local veterinary center for treatment. The other puppies were also sent in to the vet for precautionary measures.
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Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said that puppies likely came from a “puppy mill,” a term often associated with substandard kennels where dogs are over-bred to mass produce puppies for a profit. Puppy mills are generally thought of as a negative operation, where young puppies aren’t adequately taken care of. The SPCA was unhappy that the puppies were returned to the transport company; they wanted to take the pups into their possession.
“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.”
So far it’s unclear whether Woodrum will face charges. Troopers have yet to respond whether or not she was injured during the wreck.