62 dogs found in Hoosier's broken down minivan


Authorities say an Indiana dog breeder whose minivan broke down in central Ohio was transporting 62 dogs, some four or five to a crate.

Licking County Humane Society Executive Director Lori Carlson says the animals were stacked "bottom to top" in the van when it was discovered in the parking lot of a hotel in Hebron, east of Columbus, on Saturday afternoon.

Carlson said the dogs, some just a few weeks old, had coats covered with feces and urine-soaked. She also said that the dogs had been in the van for almost 24 hours before being placed under their care.

Humane Society agents reported finding, in one crate, a Caviler Charles Spaniel, a Rotweiler, a Labrador Retriever and then another large dog. Some of the dogs had cuts and scratches, and one had pneumonia.

The driver reported being hired by the breeder, Country Boys Pets,  to take the 50 adult dogs and 12 puppies to an animal rescue in New Jersey. They now are in Ohio animal shelters.

Community members are donating dog food and puppy pads to the Licking County Dog Shelter, which has created a makeshift kennel to feed and care for the dogs.

Workers are still searching for one unaccounted dog, a black and tan Shepherd. It may have been tossed out of the van along I-70, and they ask drivers to keep an eye out for that possibly injured dog.

The county prosecutor's office will consider charges in the case.

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