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Puppies Abandoned In Indiana Dunes State Park Find New Homes

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Karen Read found an adult Labrador retriever and 17 puppies at the side of a road at Indiana Dunes State Park. The dogs were rescued, and will be up for adoption at Lakeshore PAWS in Valparaiso. (Photo courtesy Karen Read)

Karen Read found an adult Labrador retriever and 17 puppies at the side of a road at Indiana Dunes State Park. The dogs were rescued, and will be up for adoption at Lakeshore PAWS in Valparaiso. (Photo courtesy Karen Read)

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (CBS) – The 17 puppies abandoned along a road in the Indiana Dunes State Park all have found new homes.

WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports Lakeshore PAWS, which has been caring for the puppies, received more than 70 adoption applications after Karen Read, of Portage, found them along a dark road in the park last week, and helped rescue them.

Each of the puppies has found a new home.

Read spotted them while she was driving through Indiana Dunes State Park last Friday. She said she saw a gold-colored SUV parked with its lights off before it took off. She also saw the puppies’ eyes reflecting her headlights.

In all, she found 17 mixed-breed puppies and their mother, an adult Labrador retriever. The mother ran off when Read approached, but was rescued three days later.

The puppies appear to be a mix of Labrador, German Shepherd, and Rottweiler breeds, and are approximately 6-8 weeks old. They are all healthy and have been given their first round of immunizations.

Porter County Sheriff’s police were searching for the person who abandoned the dogs.

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