'Rescued' Dogs Transported from Los Angeles to Canada, Killed, Maimed in Accident


Another rescued dog has died after a tragic rollover accident early Saturday, involving a trailer hauling 30 dogs from Los Angeles to a Canadian adoption event.

Deanna Thompson of  Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) drove to  Calgary on Saturday night from Olds with one more of the dogs severely injured in the  rollover accident.

"We found out she was bleeding from her kidneys ... she was put down on the recommendation of the vet," Thompson told the Calgary Sun. S

She is also worried about a Pit Bull named Donovan, that reportedly had been hit by a vehicle while crossing Hwy. 2, and then hobbled off into a field and hasn't been seen since.

On Sunday two more of the missing dogs were found—one of them was a Pit Bull cross, named Picasso.

After the accident on Saturday morning, April Oakes, founder of  Infinite Woods Animal Rescue Society  in Edmonton, Canada, told the Global News, “There were dogs all over the highway. Some were dead, some were not moving, some were unconscious,”

Two females were reportedly driving from Los Angeles to Edmonton, Canada, pulling a horse trailer loaded with 30 “rescued” dogs, according to RCMP Cpl. Mike Dunsmore.   

“Some [of the dogs] had broken bones with the bones sticking out…and there [were] broken kennels laying on the highway, and dogs running around on the highway,” said April Oakes.

Mounties reported the following:

--Two of the dogs were killed in the impact and 20 more were taken for medical care to a veterinarian in Olds.  Of those, a third died.

--Eight terrified dogs ran when kennels stacked in the trailer broke open.

--Five of those were found during the day by 25 volunteers from Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS).

“They seem to be okay … just scared more than anything,” Deanna Thompson from AARCS told the Calgary Sun.

A crew from Calgary’s Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society was among those who rushed to the scene to help, joined by a veterinarian from Olds College, who reportedly  took in about 20 animals.

 “I know that one Chihuahua was found a mile away from where the accident was,” Oakes reported to the Calgary Sun.

As of Saturday night, AARCS and others were still out looking for two pitbull crosses and a smaller-breed dog, RCMP reports.

Finding the three dogs before nightfall was deemed critical by Deanna Thompson.

“It’s really hard to spot them,” she said. “Someone spotted one of the dogs running across the highway … they could get hurt.”

The two women who were transporting the animals were reportedly with a rescue group called “Adopt A Paw Haven,” based near Saskatoon and were transporting the dogs from California to Edmonton for a national adoption event.

RCMP Cpl. Dunsmore says they are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash, stating that, “The preliminary investigation suggests driver error, where fatigue may have been a factor.”

Both suffered only minor, non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, but have since been released from hospital, the Sun reports.

Their names and ages are not known; and neither is the Los Angeles shelter which provided the transported dogs.


There are no laws, regulations nor governmental monitoring of thousands of animals from shelters and rescue organizations all over the U.S. which hide the failure of “No Kill: programs by transporting unadopted stray or relinquished pets to other states and  Canada every month. 

Once they leave a local shelter, there is no record of what happens to these helpless, voiceless creatures who were taken in with the expectation that they are assured safety and humane treatment.

No one really knows where they end their journey or their lives.

 Isn’t it time for required federal or state record keeping for both interstate and intrastate transports?  No matter how well meaning a rescuer may be, don’t the animals deserve at least the protection and assurance of uniform standards of care in all air and ground  transports? 

Sadly, there are higher standards nationwide for shipping cargo than for crating and hauling homeless pets.

Source: Global News, Calgary Sun, Sun News Network


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