Jan 13, 2014 4:04 PM by David Randall
An Indiana dog breeder whose minivan broke down in Licking County was caught transporting 62 dogs, some just a few weeks old.
For hours, they traveled four to five dogs per crate.
"They were stuffed from the bottom to the top," said Licking County Humane Society Executive Director Lori Carlson.
Humane Agent Paula Evans was the second on the scene Saturday afternoon and said, "In one kennel alone was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a Rottweiler, a Lab and then another large dog."
The breeder said he was taking 50 dogs and 12 puppies from Country Boys Pets in Indiana to an animal rescue New Jersey.
"By the time we got them into our care, it had almost been 24 hours that they had been in the van," said Carlson.
The minivan broke down and was found in the parking lot of a Licking County hotel. According to Carlson, a hotel worker saw the dogs and contacted the sheriff.
Twenty-five of the dogs were taken by a mobile animal rescue crew from New York. The rest went to the Licking County Animal Shelter. There, you could see some of the dogs sustained cuts and scratches from being trapped in close quarters with one another. One puppy was sick with pneumonia.
"Filthy coats.. A lot of feces, covered, urine soaked," Carlson said.
The Licking County Dog Shelter was already filled with dogs, but workers created a makeshift kennel in the multi-purpose room and began feeding and caring for the dogs. Many of the dogs slept, some jumped, not used to having all the space to move around and stretch their legs.
"These dogs live[ed] horrible lives. Absolutely horrible lives," Evans said.
But community members have started dropping of donations of small breed dog food and puppy pads to try and change that. A veterinarian will screen the dogs and give them shots. Then they will go up on the Licking County Animal Shelter's website for adoption.
Humane society workers said there is still one dog unaccounted for. They are searching for a black and tan Shepard they say may have been tossed out of the vehicle along Interstate 70.
Officials are asking any drivers in the area to keep an eye out for the possibly injured dog.