In Garfield, New Jersey, 26 bulldog puppies were rescued on Saturday from a van parked outside of the WalMart store. The puppies, estimated to be eight-weeks-old, had arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Colombia and were reportedly headed to Florida pet stores.
According to the USA Today, the more than two dozen English and French bulldogs had been left unattended in a van where temperatures outdoors soared over 90 degrees. The puppies were seized by the Bergen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) after discovered crowded into two crates in the rear of the van.
Shelter staff have reported the puppies to be doing fine and all of the little ones are being medically monitored for heat exhaustion symptoms. When rescuers responded to the call at 3:00 p.m., all of the puppies were immediately removed and given water with one person involved in the response call describing the puppies drank “ferociously.”
Animal behaviorist Corey Cohen told North Jersey.com, the situation was extremely grave – not just because of the heat but bulldogs in general have a hard time cooling down because they are brachycephalic.
The puppies are not available for adoption at this time and there have been no charges levied against the driver at this time pending further investigation.
(Photos of the bulldog puppies screenshots via WnbcNews)
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