28 French Bulldog puppies were rescued by Texas State troopers from an overheated vehicle. The driver, who had packed them into his van, had intended to drive them from Chicago to Houston and then sell them.
The 28 puppies had first been transported from Kiev, Ukraine as cargo packed into plastic crates, on a Turkish Airlines flight on July 12. They landed in Chicago, where they were unloaded and packed into the back of a rental van. Then their tortuous journey to Houston began. When the van was pulled over by the authorities, high temperatures of 121 degrees were discovered. Unfortunately, the French Bulldog puppies were in various stages of distress and collapse. Without access to food or water, one of the puppies had already died as a result of heat exhaustion.
23 Surviving puppies
Unfortunately, since being rescued, a further 4 of the pups have died. This was probably a direct result of the terrible conditions they had been exposed to during their journey. It’s much better news for the remaining 23 French Bulldog puppies, who were taken by air to Chicago, Illinois. Thankfully, they are now receiving medical treatment in animal hospitals. The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue team will rehabilitate the pups and when their health has improved, they will be put up for adoption.
The danger of transporting animals as cargo
Statistics provided by the Air Transport Association, show that each year, more than 5000 animals are either lost, injured or die while on commercial flights. These animals are generally placed into the cargo bay. Here, rough handling, insufficient oxygen, poor ventilation and extreme temperatures place them at high risk. Brachycephalic canines, like French Bulldog puppies who have flat, short snouts that make it difficult to breath and cool down in such extreme conditions, are especially susceptible.