17 Puppies Dumped: Abandoned Along Indiana Road; What Will Happen To Litter Of Puppies?

By Philip Ross on May 15, 2013 3:30 PM EDT

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17 puppies, dumped along an Indiana road, will be adopted by people looking to give the puppies a better future. (Photo: Facebook/Lakeshore PAWS)

The 17 puppies dumped on the side of a road in Indiana were scooped up by a passerby who said she saw someone dump the litter in Indiana Dunes State Park. The 17 puppies, dumped by an unknown person, range in age between six and 12 weeks old, according to Lakeshore Paws, the shelter where the litter was taken.

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According to the Northwest Indiana Times, Karen Read spotted a pair of eyes in the road as she drove down State Park Road in Indiana. That's when she noticed that 17 puppies and a mother dog wandering by the side of the road. Read told the Times she witnessed someone in a gold SUV discard the dogs and then speed off.

The 17 puppies dumped along the road were running off in all directions when Read found them and began collecting them.

"It was very cold that night, so I fear to think what would have happened to them if I hadn't come along right when I did," Read told CBS Chicago.

Animal control later came and took them to Lakeshore Paws in Valparaiso, Ind.

Lakeshore Paws, a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization in Porter County, Ind., posted an update to the shelter's Facebook page, saying that the shelter is no longer accepting applications for adoption of the 17 puppies dumped on the side of the road. "All of the puppies have been spoken for and are in the process of being adopted," it reads.

"We want to personally thank everyone who has been involved in helping this momma and her 17 beautiful puppies. The support has been overwhelming, and we have received 70+ applications to adopt these babies," the shelter noted.

This isn't the first puppy dumping incident to make headlines in recent years. Last April, authorities in Ohio discovered a suitcase full of English bulldog puppies left on the side of the road. The mother was pacing around the suitcase, which drew the attention of a passerby. Reuters reports that Ohio resident Howard Davis of Toledo was charged with a second degree misdemeanor for abandoning the suitcase, which had a tag on it bearing his name.

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