New homes for 18 puppies dumped in the woods, 5 remain missing

Authorities say they've found homes for 18 of the 19 puppies recovered after they were taken from a northern New York pet store and abandoned in the woods.

But five puppies remain missing more than a week after they were set loose.

Plattsburgh police say the search continued Monday, including visits to neighbors in the area, and will continue through the week.

They say the husband of the owner of Northern Puppies admitted taking the puppies from his wife's store on Aug. 2 and leaving them in various places outside Plattsburgh to avoid costly veterinarian bills. He's facing 24 counts of animal abandonment.

The rescued puppies were all found by last Tuesday.

Last month, authorities closed the pet store and charged the wife with animal cruelty after two kittens were found dead.