53 puppies die in transport vehicle in southwest Missouri



     (AP) – Authorities say 53 puppies died of overheating when they

were left in a vehicle in southwestern Missouri.

     The Newton County Sheriff’s Department said a truck company employee was

struggling to keep the puppies warm Sunday night because temperatures outside

were in the single digits and the truck’s heater was malfunctioning. Chief

deputy Chris Jennings said the worker added an extra heating component and found

the dogs dead after returning to check on them 90 minutes later. Jennings

described it as a “horrible accident.”

     Renee Ray, an owner of the trucking company RDR Transport, says some puppies

survived and were treated by veterinarians.

     The sheriff’s department doesn’t plan to seek charges, but the U.S. Department

of Agriculture is looking into the deaths to determine if animal welfare laws

were broken.




   

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