17 Puppies Abandoned on Roadside Up for Adoption


Attention all dog lovers in the Chicagoland/Indiana region!

We heard this story on the news and wanted to pass the information along. It breaks our hearts that someone would dump so many sweet puppies and just take off, but we know they’ll all go to wonderful homes. Yours, perhaps?

From today’s Chicago Tribune:

Seventeen mixed Lab puppies were found dumped along a road near the Indiana Dunes, but authorities say they are all healthy and plan to hold adoptions as early as this weekend.

“They’re great little puppies,” said Ashley Hill, dog coordinator for Lakeshore PAWS, a shelter in Valparaiso, Ind., that is taking care of the dogs. “They’re hilarious.”

Karen Read told the Northwest Indiana Times that she was driving Friday night along State Park Road, just east of Indiana Highway 49 in Porter County, when she spotted the pups. “I saw a mother dog and countless puppies,” she said.

Authorities said they are looking for the driver of a gold SUV that was seen speeding off as Read approached. Porter County police said Tuesday that they have not been able to find the driver.

Hill said the puppies appear to be from two, maybe three litters. They range in age from 6 to 12 weeks old.

The shelter hopes to put the puppies up for adoption as soon as Saturday. Anyone interested must submit a survey available on the shelter’s website. The puppies can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Coco’s Canine Cabana, 405 Elm St., Valparaiso.

“We’re hoping to have everyone come by Saturday and pick a puppy,” Hill said.


  1. sd says:

    Did they rescue the adult also, she is surely the mother of one of the litters.

  2. Dan Borden says:

    Give me ten minutes with the scum who abandoned these pups.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I agree, but I must say this. Do the local human societies charge a fee to leave dogs? If they do, this is what can happen. I think that any time someone can’t care for a pet, they ought to be able to bring it to a humane society and leave a very tiny fee, none if they can’t! It is better to put the pets in a safe environment than abandon them to God knows what. It would be better to euthanize, as horrible as that is, than to let them fall victim to cars, horrible people, coyotes, etc.

    No fees for leaving pets!

    • Erica says:

      I get what you’re saying. Even if there was a fee for leaving the puppies, couldn’t they just have abandoned the puppies – in a box — in front of the shelter? Why abandon them on a cold night, on a road, where they likely would have died?

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