UPDATE: Seven missing animals after truck transporting them crashed in North Carolina

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Seven dogs and cats remain missing after the truck transporting them crashed on Old Fort Mountain on Wednesday. Multiple dogs and cats fled the accident scene; running into the wooded area near the crash site. A van for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals crashed into a median on a North Carolina Interstate 40.

As of Friday, six dogs and one cat are still lost.

The vehicle, driven by Ronald Jeffrey Swanson, 54, of Hendersonville, crashed near Old Fort, WLOS reported. The van had been traveling east on Interstate 40 on Wednesday when the left front tire failed causing the truck to collide in the median barrier wall and crash.

The truck was owned by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) – Asheville. Both Swanson and his passenger Shannen Foster are receiving medical assistance.

According to the McDowell News, there were 38 dogs and cats in crates in the vehicle that had been spayed and neutered and were on their way back to Caldwell County to be returned to their owners. Five animals died including two dogs who were seriously injured at the time of the accident. Some of the crates were damaged allowing pets to escape. Six dogs and one cat remain missing.

Among the missing dogs are two black Labrador retriever mixes, one German shepherd, a black and white Lab mix, a Jack Russell, a dachshund mix and a pointer dog. The dogs are all male except for the German shepherd. The cat is a gray and white tabby.

McDowell County Animal Shelter NC

“These are all the missing dogs from yesterday’s wreck on I-40. There is also 1 cat missing but I do not have a photo. She is a 1 year old gray tabby with white. Please contact us 828.652.6643 with any sightings. Our email is animalshelter@mcdowellgov.comEpic Animal Recovery has recommended minimal foot traffic searching for the animals. The crash site is so close to such a busy highway and too much noise and people may scare the animals and we don’t want them to run out onto the road. If you are looking to help, I recommend contacting the ASPCA.”

See additional photos of the missing pets here.

Read previous article here.

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