2 people, 14 dogs, headed to Calgary for adoption killed in Idaho crash

Two people and 14 dogs died after a box truck transporting them for a rescue group in Calgary crashed in eastern Idaho.

According to Idaho police the truck was taking 48 dogs of mixed breeds to Calgary for adoption. All the dogs were in kennels for the trip, but several escaped. So far, 18 of those animals have been found and 16 remain unaccounted for, said police.

“Despite searching the interstate area, troopers have been unable to locate any more of the missing dogs,” said Idaho State Police. “Anyone who locates a stray animal in the area is urged to contact Bingham County animal control.”

They say the truck was the only vehicle involved in the accident Friday morning on Interstate 15.

Police say the crash happened when the truck left the road and hit an embankment. The driver, 40-year-old Christopher Kracht, was flown to a hospital where he died of his injuries. The passenger, Ann Watson, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Blackfoot Animal Shelter and Rescue is assisting with taking care of the surviving dogs until staff from the animal rescue network can take them to Canada, where shelters are waiting to place the dogs in homes.

Local veterinarians are also assisting the shelter and providing medical care to the injured animals.

Idaho State Police photos

Sarah Murphy/Alberta Press

sarah.murphy@albertapressleader.ca

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