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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