NEOSHO, Missouri. – Authorities say a 53-pups died of overheating if they are in a car parked outside a house in the southwest of Missouri.
An employee of RDR Transport was struggling to keep the puppies warm night of Sunday to Monday, because the temperatures outside were in the single digits and the vehicle of the heater was defective, said Newton County Chief deputy Chris Jennings. He said that the employee, an extra stove, but found the puppies dead on the return to check on them about 90 minutes later. Jennings said it was a truck or van.
Renee Ray, owner of the Neosho-animals transport company, said that some of the pups survived and were treated by veterinarians.
“We realize that this accident indicates a frightening and emotional image that some groups can use to try and vilify my company,” Ray said in a statement that was obtained by KOAM-TV. “Everyone here at RDR Transport like what we do and the pups, we carry.”
The sheriff’s department does not plan to pursue the charges, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking into the death to determine if animal welfare laws were broken.
“These people have tons of money,” Jennings said of the trucking company. “There is no reason to think that this is intentional. It’s just a terrible accident. I am a big animal lover, and I hate it. But if it were an accident, we can not be responsible for everyone”
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According to USDA records, Ray was at one time licensed as a breeder, although the business is cancelled, the licence in December 2015. A 2015 a report of an inspection of Ray’s breeding company called RDR Limited showed violations for not providing a raised resting surfaces for nine kittens, and for having a French bulldog in a holding facility that was too small, The Joplin Globe.
The inspection reports in 2014 and 2015, from Ray ‘ s transportation company said that it has met all inspection-service arrangements.