Alleged Smuggler Caught With 20 Puppies in Crate The dogs will be put up for adoption By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Apr 20, 2016 6:55 PM CDT 16 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Authorities say a smuggling suspect was arrested after 23 dogs—including 20 puppies packed in a nearly airless crate—were seized from an SUV at the US-Mexico border. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the driver told officials at the San Ysidro border crossing on Saturday that he had picked up the dogs in Tijuana and was bound for Los Angeles. He said he had not given them water for more than five hours. All the animals are expected to recover, according to the AP. The dogs—including Labradors, shepherds, hounds, terriers, and Chihuahuas—will be offered for adoption. The suspect, who was not named, could face multiple counts of animal cruelty.