Puppies, mother rescued near NJ roadway

TOMS RIVER -- A litter of puppies, and their mother, were rescued after being spotted dangerously close to a roadway in Toms River, New Jersey.

It all began around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in the area of 1430 Hooper Avenue.

There, police said, a woman and her two children spotted two small puppies and their mother walking close to the road.

They stopped to rescue the puppies but the mother ran off into the woods.

Rescuers sent photos of the 9 puppies, and mother dog, rescued near 1430 Hooper Avenue in Toms River, New Jersey on Wednesday, June 11th.

Animal Control Officers arrived and took custody of the two puppies, then began a search for the mother.

Soon, they discovered a makeshift den just fifty feet from the sidewalk, with seven additional puppies inside.

The puppies are about five weeks old, police said.

The mother was not there, so officers set up a 'humane' trapping device and, a few hours later, were able to catch the mother.

All of the dogs were taken to the animal shelter at 235 Oak Avenue. The mother and the puppies were said to be in good health.

They believe the mother is a Jack Russell terrier and the puppies are a Jack Russell mix.

Shelter workers are trying to find the dogs' owner. If no one claims them in three weeks, they will be put up for adoption.
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