A crash on Interstate 65 Thursday night stranded 37 cats and dogs that were being transported between animal shelters in other states, according to city officials in Columbus.
A cargo van was transporting the pets from a Georgia shelter to Wisconsin about 10:50 p.m. when it crashed near Exit 68. The driver was not injured. None of the animals was injured, but the transport crates carrying the animals were damaged, according to city officials.
The van was carrying 23 puppies, seven adult dogs and seven cats. One dog escaped and had not been recovered as of Friday morning.
Columbus Animal Care Services responded to the crash scene, and the pets were taken to the city animal shelter. They will be kept there until transportation can be arranged to continue their trip to Wisconsin.
Indiana State Police is investigating the accident as a property-damage-only crash. No further information was available Friday.