63 puppies thrown out on highway rescued from freezing cold in eastern Turkey

Some 63 puppies that were thrown out on the Erzurum-Çat Highway have been rescued as they were about to freeze. The puppies were taken to a shelter run by the Erzurum Municipality.

Duvar English - Reuters

Some sixty-three stray puppies were rescued from freezing temperatures in Turkey's eastern province of Erzurum on Jan. 27, the municipality said in a statement.

Acting on a video sent by a resident, rescue crews were dispatched to the area where they found 63 puppies, many of whom were already suffering from hypothermia. It was not immediately clear how the puppies came to be on the streets in the sub-zero temperatures.

Erzurum Mayor Mehmet Sekmek shared a video of the puppies, saying that they were taken to the veterinary clinic, run by the municipality, for treatment.

Temperatures in Erzurum dropped to around minus 6 Celcius (21.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in the daytime and to around minus 16 (3.2 degrees Fahrenheit) at night.