An animal transport taking place over the weekend has gone terribly wrong.
SNARR Northeast contracted Happy Hounds Transport to move five pups over the weekend from West Virginia to New Jersey. While most transports are made by an army of volunteers, Happy Hounds Transport was being paid for this particular transport.
At some point after the transport had started, Happy Hounds Transport contacted SNARR Northeast and indicated they would require twice the money to do this particular transport. It is unclear whether or not SNARR Northeast agreed to the additional fees.
Happy Hounds Transport later contacted SNARR Northeast, yet again, telling them that the pups were ill and they would not continue the transport. The rescue group requested that the transporters deliver the pups to a veterinarian in the area, but the transporters refused.
SNARR Northeast immediately called the authorities in the Pennsylvania area that the transport had last reported from, and a rescue volunteer was dispatched to try and locate the pups. Several attempts were made by both the rescue and the authorities to contact the transport but the transporters would not answers calls or texts.
The five pups were later found in the apron of a driveway, at a private residence, in Pennsylvania. They had all been crammed into a single small crate and wrapped with a table cloth. One of the pups, Heather, was found to be in extremely poor condition and later died at the veterinarian’s. It is unknown at this time what caused the pups death.
Authorities have started building a case against Happy Hounds Transport and its owner, Carmen Hope Freeman. The remaining four pups are being held at the York County SPCA where they are receiving proper medical attention.
SNARR Northeast will be in contact with the York County SPCA on Monday to determine the condition of the four remaining pups and when they might be able to retrieve them. SNARR Northeast intends to have a necropsy done on Heather, the pup that died, to determine her cause of death.
As of this writing, Happy Hounds Transport is not returning calls, texts, or messages on Facebook.