AVOCA, N.Y. – Police in New York state rescued more than 100 puppies from the interstate after a speeding truck that was transporting the dogs drove off the shoulder into a ditch. The truck overturned, landing on the side of the highway, reported NBC News.

Consequently, two animals were seriously injured. Emily Woodrum of Missouri was identified as the driver, according to NBC. She was delivering 103 puppies of varying breeds to local pet stores on Tuesday when she lost control of the truck and crashed in the town of Avoca, New York.

Puppies delivered to hospital by SPCA

All of the pets were pulled from the truck and brought to a local hospital by Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). They said one puppy that sustained a fractured jaw and another who had a fractured leg remained hospitalized.

Police indicated three of the dogs suffered minor injuries.


(File photo courtesy Jim McNeff)

After the accident, the local SPCA said on their website that they were caring for a large number of animals and that they expected to return the puppies to their out-of-state owner.

According to SPCA, they believe the puppies likely came from a “puppy mill.” This would be the kind of operation that breeds dogs for sale under inhumane conditions. However, veterinarians found no signs of cruelty during medical examinations.

“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,” the group said in a post. “A formal release of ownership for these animals is being pursued.”

Details regarding the status of the driver were undisclosed.

(Feature image is file photo)