Drivers from Ashland County to Akron were shocked Friday afternoon when they spotted a van with a crate of puppies strapped to the roof and traveling fast down Interstate 76. This prompted dozens of calls to 911 centers, Ohio.com reported April 17.
“We had more important things to put inside the vehicle. We have four children.”
Four pups, all about three months old, were in a two foot wide by four-foot long cage, which had been covered at the time they were placed on the roof of the minivan. At some point the cover had come off, giving drivers a shock. The calls soon came pouring in.
The puppies appeared shaken but were otherwise in good condition. Steiner agreed to surrender them to the county dog warden. Sgt. Kris Beitzel said the dogs would be examined, then sent for adoption through the Humane Society of Greater Akron.
Steiner said he’d have left the pups with his dad if he’d known he would be breaking the law by strapping the cage onto the roof. Sgt. Beitzel said
“He had absolutely no idea what he was doing was wrong. In this case, the cultural issues, he now knows that this is absolutely not the way to transport puppies. The puppies are traumatized, but I think they’ll come around with a little love and attention.”
Officer Cunningham said dozens of calls had come in from Nova to Akron, but the other jurisdictions just couldn’t catch up to them in time. No charges will be filed against Steiner, but he did receive a crash course in how not to transport live animals.