Shelter issues statement about puppies involved in accident

Shelter issues statement following hwy accident involving 104 puppies

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On Thursday, the shelter which took in several puppies involved in an accident on Interstate 86 in Avoca, New York, earlier this week, released a statement regarding the future of the puppies, who were bound for area pet stores. The Finger Lakes SPCA advised concerned Facebook followers that concerns about possible animal cruelty could not be confirmed by veterinary exam of the puppies, who are believed to be the product of “puppy mills” – the shelter explained:

No health issues that would indicate an animal cruelty concern could be ascertained by veterinary medical professionals who examined the puppies. We are not aware of any other specific laws that would have allowed the transfer of ownership of these puppies to our agency nor were we directed by law enforcement to retain the animals.

The shelter also advised that taking possession of the puppies involved in the rollover accident was unlikely:

While we too abhor puppy mills, we know of no means to legally confiscate animals only because there is a strong likelihood that a puppy came from one.
Our agency actively works to prevent animal cruelty through our humane programs, the care of animal cruelty victims and by supporting area law enforcement with their investigations as requested.

Finger Lakes SPCA updated concerned individuals about the puppies who were injured when the transport company’s van over-turned:

On 1/25/17, all but four puppies were released back to the transport company who paid related board and veterinary expenses for the dogs. The two puppies that were seriously injured (but in stable condition) have been released to the care of the Bath Veterinary Hospital. Additionally, two other pups stayed on-site at Finger Lakes SPCA for medical care. A formal release of ownership for these animals is being pursued. We will update you in the near future as to adoptability status for these pups.

Prior article concerning this situation here.

(Photo via Finger Lakes SPCA FB page)


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12 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    At least these pups seemingly were in good health for puppy mill pups, but I shudder to think what is going to happen to them in the long run. I can understand why the Finger Lakes SPCA’s hands were tied as to confiscating the pups, We all need to work harder to get these puppy mills shut down!

  2. susispot says:

    Nice if the authorities would back track to the origin of the transport and check on the moms and pops of the puppies and if they are well cared for or abused/neglected.

  3. Ellen Cottone says:

    Are you kidding me!!!!
    Get the he’ll over to their compound and bring Peta, a vet, a health inspector…..
    You go to that operation and you find the legit reason and you close it down. Just 1 infraction and you move them the hell out. It’s 15 degrees in new your and I bet there hold out side. demand to know the pets stores in question. 101 dogs may not be being sold they sound more out of control holders. They are not distributing with that many dogs, so it’s more out of control breeding then profit.
    Close them down you got to be kidding me.
    Time to change legislation on pet stores. If California can set into law that pet stores must get their animals from shelters then why not the other 49 states in the Union !?.
    Get to work on it. And get those obvious creatures in danger of becoming more abused breeder dogs and get them the he’ll out of this life. Get them out. Chipped and spayed. End of debate. Get them out now!!!


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