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      Nine adorable puppies and their mother abandoned in Utica

      From Stevens-Swan Humane Society

      Nine German Shepherd mix puppies and their mother are doing well after they were left outside a Utica animal shelter over the weekend. On its Facebook page, the Stevens-Swan Humane Society says, "We would like to let everyone know that the mom and pups are doing well. The mom is a shepherd mix about 5-6 years old and the pups are shepherd/pit bull mixes about 3 weeks old. If you are interested in adopting one of them please call the shelter at (315) 738-4357 and we will take your information to be contacted when they are available for adoption. It will be at least 5-6 weeks before they are ready to find homes."

      The 9 puppies and their mother were dropped at the door of the Humane Society on Sunday night in the rain and cold. Reports indicate a driver on Route 12 noticed the older dog and discovered the rest in a container. WKTV-TV in Utica reports the puppies were found in a green Rubbermaid tote with Chinese food left in the box. There is a sign on the building reminding people that it is illegal to dump animals. The penalty is up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.