The dogs, owned by Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Ind., essentially cooked inside of the vehicle after the air-conditioning unit stopped functioning.
The deceased dogs, described as German shepherds and Belgian Malinois, were discovered on Monday following the 22-hour journey which ended at Fort Bliss.
Five dogs somehow survived the deadly transport unscathed, while another two were still alive, but suffering from some effects of heat exhaustion.
Fort Bliss spokesman Maj. Joe Buccino stated:
This is pretty horrifying
I think everyone that heard this story is pretty upset by it. Those dogs were essentially in an oven. You don't have to be an animal lover to be sick about this.
The dogs bound for Fort Bliss were supposed be screened for use by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the canine training facility.
A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson stated:
It's heart-wrenching, being a dog owner,
Our only role in this incident was to respond off-site and to provide medical care to those dogs remaining.
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