A police dash-cam video shows officers rescuing four scared puppies from a cage strapped to the roof of a van traveling on an Ohio highway Friday.
Police rescued the four puppies halfway through a Mennonite family’s 300-mile trip from Ashland County to Pennsylvania.
“They’ve been traveling a long way already and had a long way to go and they had no idea what they were doing was wrong,” said Sergeant Kris Beitzel. “I did ask him why the dogs were not in the car and he said he had far more important things to put in the car meeting his children and there wasn’t room.”
Police did not arrest the family of six which included a couple with their four children less than six years old. Instead police gave them a warning and educated the family on the law.
“They have to be inside the vehicle and not on top of the vehicle or in the truck or anywhere else,” said Beitzel. “They have to be inside the car and he understood that. He said had he known he would’ve never agreed to transport them.”
The family promptly signed the dogs over to police saying they didn’t want to keep the animals, but were transporting them so they didn’t have to put them down.
“I didn’t see any injuries, I did notice all four would not leave each other,” said Beitzel. “They were huddled together, they were scared. They had urinated throughout the cage, when I tried to get them out they ran back in the cage. They were very scared and I imagine intimidated, having been on top of that van for that long. Now they did have a tarp that covered three sides of the cage, but they are still experiencing a lot of wind, a lot of noise.”
The three month old puppies were taken to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron where they are being cared for.