Police Stops Van Transporting Cage Puppies on Roof

The Steiner family from Nova, Ohio, had no idea transporting caged puppies on their minivan’s roof was illegal, but thanks to dozens of calls to 911 and quick acting officers, the family was stopped and the traumatized puppies rescued.

Wendell Steiner, his wife, Candace, and their four children, all under the age of 5 thought they were doing a good thing by transporting four puppies from Nova, Ohio, to Chambersburg, Penn., on April 17, 2015. The original dogs’ owner, Candance’s father, was not able to keep the pets any longer and the Steiner volunteered to take them to another family member’s home.

The trip was a 300 mile long trip, and the family placed the three-month-old dogs inside a crate strapped to the car’s roof. They had placed a blanket covering the crate but because they were traveling more than 50 miles an hour on the highway, part of the blanket came off exposing the puppies to the high winds.

Photo credit: Akron Police.
Photo credit: Akron Police.

 

Concerned animal lovers and fellow highway riders noticed the scared puppies on the roof of the car and started dialing 911. The Steiners weren’t stopped until they reached Interstate 76 near Gilchrist Road in East Akron.

Officer Jim Cunningham stopped the van and when he questioned the family, Wendell told police he had no idea it was illegal to transport animal strapped to the roof of the car, if he had known so, he would have not agreed to transfer the dogs.

The Steiners agreed to sign over the puppies to the Akron police. Cunningham took custody of the dogs and after securing the scared puppies inside his squad car, the pets were taken to a veterinarian.

Photo credit: Akron Police.
Photo credit: Akron Police.

 

The dogs did not suffer any physical injuries, yet their mental health suffered from the traumatic experience. Veterinarians expect the puppies will recover and they will be up for adoption through the Humane Society of Greater Akron.

As for the Steiners, authorities did not press any charges because they willingly relinquished the pets and genuinely had no idea their actions were illegal, let alone abusive.

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      • Hey anonymous…what’s with the smart ass comment. Whether it’s illegal or not isn’t the point. It’s about being an animal lover or not and obviously you aren’t. Like it..don’t…we don’t care. If you could actually respond to Michelle’s comment like that then obviously you have no heart for a living creature. Wonder how you are towards humans? Wait…your response is my answer. Get a heart would ya? Scary to think there are…well whatever you are out there still breathing. Life is precious be it an animal or a human

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        • @Phoebe – you misunderstood @Anonymous’s comment. She was telling @Michelle that it was not the word “aloud” but the word “allowed”. Just a friendly spelling lesson. No need for rude comments @Phoebe.

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          • Actually, Beverly, anonymous started it by calling Phoebe and “idiot” AND an “illiterate hussy” so the response was completely warranted.
            YOUR response, on the other hand, was simply defending a bully. Good for you.

          • @Beverly – so Phoebe misunderstood the comment. Anonymous did not need to resort to such pathetic name calling! Whether Phoebe misunderstood isn’t the point, the name calling IS!

  1. Does it really matter if it’s legal or illegal? It’s just wrong and should never happen. So many today lack common sense.

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  2. Does it really matter if it’s legal or illegal? It’s just wrong and should never happen. So many today lack common sense.

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    • I agree
      maybe they should be strapped to the top of the car,
      I don’t believe it is against the law to strap dumbasses up there

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    • From the looks of the picture where the female officer is crouched beside the cage. the dress of the children tell me those were pups either coming from or going to an Amish puppy mill. Thank heavens they were saved. A big thank you to all those that interrupted that journey.

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