Van carrying 80 dogs to 'No Kill' shelter overturns and flips multiple times on Virginia highway after it is rammed by SUV
A van carrying 80 dogs overturned on an interstate in Virginia, causing some of the animals to be injured and others to escape the vehicle, police say.
The crash occurred early Sunday on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Rick Garletts.
Police say a man driving a Honda Odyssey was headed north on Interstate 81 when he lost control and hit a Ram utility van that was transporting the dogs.
Both vehicles ran off the side of the road and into the median, with the Ram overturning, WDBJ 7reports.
Pranav Desai, a 32-year-old from Acworth, Georgia, has been charged with reckless driving in connection to the incident. He was not injured in the crash.
Reports indicate that one of the dogs is dead but the woman who was transporting them, identified on social media asLeslie Hennings, has contested that information.
'One dog has a sprained leg,' Hennings claimed in a Monday Facebook post, adding that it was wild 'considering how many times we rolled.'
Hennings was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She has since been released.
Police say that there were 50 crates inside the van, carrying 80 rescued dogs. The Fort Lewis Fire Department took to Facebook to share photos of some of the dogs.
Hennings had been traveling from Texas to a 'No Kill' shelter in Pennsylvania, at the time of the crash.
Roanoke County Animal Control is helping house the animals, along with the Town and Country Veterinary Clinic in Christiansburg.
All of the animals have been accounted for and the dogs will eventually continue onto their journey to Pennsylvania, according to VSP Sgt. Rick Garletts.