Seventeen puppies were rescued Friday night after being dumped along the road in Indiana.
The abandoned animals were found by Karen Read while driving on State Park Road, south of Lake Michigan, when she saw an animal crossing the road in front of her. She thought it was a raccoon.
As she slowed down to take a closer look, Read realized it was a puppy.
Moments later, Read said, she saw a gold SUV that had been parked along the side of the road speed off, revealing several more puppies and an adult dog.
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"Then I saw a mother dog, and countless puppies
," Read told the Times in Munster. "I'm glad I came when I did. We have coyotes, raccoons and possums out there. They'd be killed."
According to Read, the puppies began barking and running toward her car.
Read called her husband and neighbors for help. On the way there, her husband discovered another eight puppies along another nearby road.
"Good grief. I was really angry that night
, and I’m trying not to be a judgmental person. I don’t know what kind of situation they were in, but I think it was a pretty reckless and callous act that they did," Read told CBS Chicago. "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."
In total 17 mixed-breed puppies were recovered Friday. The puppies appear to be a mix of Labrador, German shepherd, and Rottweiler breeds, and are approximately 6-8 weeks old, CBS News reported.
All 17 have received medical treatment and been given vaccinations, according to Lakeshore PAWS animal rescue organization in Valparaiso, Ind.
"They got their first round of puppy shots, so they’re already started on that. They’ve been dewormed, so hopefully they’ll shed any parasites that they might have," Lakeshore PAWS dog coordinator Ashley Hill told CBS News. "We will microchip them all today, and then get them fixed as soon as possible."
The puppies were reportedly in good health and will be available for adoption in the near future. Already more than 100 individuals have reportedly inquired about adopting the animals, added Hill.
The female dog, who is believed to be the mother of at least some if not all of the puppies, initially fled from rescuers Friday night. She was caught on Monday by Porter County Animal Control, the Times in Munster reported.
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The average Labrador retriever litter is between five and 10 dogs, according to the American Kennel Club. For one dog to have as large a litter as 17 puppies is rare, but not unheard of.
Police were searching for those responsible for dumping the animals.
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