When police were sent to a single-vehicle crash in Avoca, New York Tuesday, responding troopers found a smashed-up van with more than 100 puppies lodged inside.
New York State Police said in a statement that the crash on Interstate 86 happened when the driver, Emily Woodrum of Webb City, Missouri, was hauling a load of 104 dogs to nearby shopping centers in a box van and lost control of the vehicle because she was traveling at an unsafe speed. The vehicle then went off the road, landed in a ditch, and flipped over.
After troopers and towing company workers extracted all of the dogs from the van, five puppies were found to have minor injuries but were treated quickly by the Finger Lakes SPCA.
"We deal with emergencies all the time, but it's always frightening to hear that it's puppies," said Vicki Mosgrove of the Finger Lakes SPCA to Spectrum News. "One of the puppies, a black lab, had a broken leg, and we had a shepherd puppy with a broken jaw," said Mosgrove.