Man ties caged puppies to roof of van, tries to drive 300 miles

The Nova, Ohio man told Akron police that he was taking the 3 month old puppies to his wife’s family in Pennsylvania after his father couldn’t take care of them any longer.

A trip that would have had the young dogs on the van’s roof for over 300 miles.

The man, who had his wife and four children with him, told police he didn’t understand that he was doing anything wrong by leaving the caged pups on the roof of the car.

“We had more important things to put inside the vehicle. We have four children,” he said, "If I had known, I’d never agree to it. I would have kept them in Nova.”

The Mennonite family wasn’t charged but was educated on the proper transportation of animals.

“He had absolutely no idea what he was doing was wrong,” Sgt. Kris Beitze stated, “In this case, the cultural issues, he now knows that this is absolutely not the way to transport puppies."

The mixed-breed puppies, who were shaken but okay, were handed over to the Humane Society of Greater Akron.

"The puppies are traumatized," Beitze comments, "but I think they’ll come around with a little love and attention."

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