Akron Police pulled over a driver and his family after receiving multiple 911 calls about four scared puppies inside a cage and strapped to the roof of a van traveling on an Ohio highway Friday. Here's the reason why they were not in the vehicle. 

 

Akron Police pulled over the driver and his family after receiving multiple 911 calls about the dogs, who were wind-battered but didn't have any injuries, according to NBC News. Sgt. Kris Beitzel told NBC News, "I did ask him why the dogs were not riding in the car, and he said he had far more important things to put in the car, meaning his children, and there wasn't room."

The family of six, who was not identified, was driving about 70 mph on Interstate 76 when police caught up with them. They were driving 300 miles from Ashland County, Ohio, to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

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The terrified puppies were huddled together in their cage, which was covered on three sides with a tarp. The family told police that they didn't want to keep the 3-month-old dogs, but also didn't want to put them down.

The 4 puppies had urinated all over the inside of the cage. When Police tried to get them out, they were trying to crawl back into the cage.

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The family was given a warning, and the puppies were taken to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron for a check-up and then will be taken to an animal shelter.

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