Dog, 17 puppies dumped by Indiana Dunes
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent May 13, 2013 1:12PM
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Updated: May 14, 2013 4:20PM
PORTER — An unknown person dumped a mother Labrador and 17 puppies at the side of a dark road near the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday.
While the puppies are safe, the action angered animal lovers across the region.
“Couldn’t this lowlife have sat in the Wal-Mart parking lot and given them away?” said Jamie Hogan, an animal rescuer living in Porter, giving just one of the many more acceptable ways of giving up responsibility for the dogs.
Porter resident Karen Read was headed home about 11:30 p.m. when she saw an SUV parked, its lights off, at State Park and north Waverly roads. She said she slowed down and then, “I saw these little eyes in the roadway.” She stopped and, by the time she realized the nature of the crime that had just happened, the SUV took off. Even though she couldn’t follow it — not with puppies on the road between them — Read regrets not getting a better look at the SUV or its license plate.
Read, other drivers and neighborhood residents collected the puppies, believed to be 6 to 12 weeks old. Read described them as “very, very friendly,” saying they ran to her when she called and looked to be mixed breeds from at least two litters. No one was able to catch the skittish mother, a black Lab. Porter County Animal Control joined the search, which continued until after 1 a.m. Saturday, when she disappeared into a swamp.
She was finally captured Monday afternoon and taken to the Porter County Animal Shelter.
Fifteen of the pups also had been at the shelter, where Director Jon Thomas described them as well-behaved and healthy.
Karen Sisco took two of them home for the weekend. The other 15 now are under the care of Lakeshore PAWS and being housed at Coco’s Canine Cabana in Valparaiso. Read and her son, who is asking to keep one puppy, have visited them twice so far.
Anyone with information on the dogs’ owner is asked to call Porter County Animal Control at 477-3110. If found, the person would be charged with abandoning/neglect of an animal, a Class A felony if the person has no prior convictions, a felony otherwise, Animal Control Officer Doug Crandall said.
“Somebody has to know who had 18 dogs,” Hogan said.