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Crates full of puppies found in hot van at New Jersey Walmart

GARFIELD, N.J. — More than two dozen puppies were rescued from a van parked outside the Walmart store in Garfield on Saturday, animal welfare officials said Sunday. The puppies had been flown into Newark Liberty International Airport from Colombia and were reportedly headed to Florida.

The puppies, 26 French and English bulldogs, were left unattended in the van on a day when temperatures climbed into the low 90s. In neighboring Lodi, the high was 90 degrees, said Bob Ziff of the North Jersey Weather Observers. Animal welfare officials repeatedly caution pet owners that leaving animals in vehicles is extremely dangerous because temperatures rise very quickly.

The Bergen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confiscated the puppies, which were crowded into just two crates in the van.

Bergen County SCPA investigators responded to the scene about 3 p.m. ET, after they received a call that someone was attempting to sell dogs from a van behind the Walmart, Bergen County SPCA chief Roni Wildoner said Sunday.

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