26 puppies were rescued from a van that was parked outside of a Walmart in Garfield, New Jersey, last Saturday.
The puppies, French and English bulldogs, were locked in two small crates in the van all alone with temperatures soaring into the low 90s.
Parked cars are fast-acting deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees mere minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
The Bergen County SPCA received a call reporting someone who was trying to sell dogs from a van behind the Walmart. That’s when SPCA investigators went to explore the situation.
The dogs had been recently flown into the United States from Columbia, and the driver of the van said they were being shipped to Florida. The SPCA brought the bulldogs to the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro.