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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Dozens of pets, rescued from a puppy mill this week, are showing signs of progress.
They're not up for adoption just yet, but they are being monitored as officials nurse them back to health.
"They are receiving around the clock medical care, as well as behavioral health," says Andrea Blair with the Kentucky Humane Society.
43 dogs and 2 cats were brought to Louisville this week after the owner, 61-year-old Dennis Bradley, surrendered them.
They were living in deplorable conditions at Dream Catcher Kennels.
Bradley was charged with cruelty to animals, and pleaded guilty this week.
The pets are now being housed in temporary shelters at the Kentucky Humane Society.
"It will take them some time. It does require some patience, but it's very rewarding as these dogs do come out of their shells, to see them grow and play with a toy for the first time, to see them roll in the grass for the first time. It's a really rewarding experience to adopt one of these dogs," says Dr. Kat Miller with the ASPCA.
Interest from the community has been high. Many people are reaching out, offering to adopt the pets.
However, it may take a while before this can happen.
Some dogs will also be able to be adopted sooner than others.
"Younger dogs tend to be a little more flexible. The puppies tend to come around and learn to trust and bond with people a bit quicker," says Dr. Kat Miller.
While testing continues on the pets, the Humane Society is offering a Super Bowl deal to get bigger dogs adopted and to make room for more animals in their facility.
They say anyone wanting to adopt the pets should be well aware of what they've been through, and what they need most.
"They don't really know what it means to be loved by a human, so it takes a lot of love and patience and consistent patience," says Andrea Blair.
"The most rewarding thing comes when they've been through the rehab, they've been through medical and come so far and meet that adopter, and walk out the door to start their lives as a real pet for the first time," says Dr. Kat Miller.
A spokesperson with the Kentucky Humane Society tells us they are currently in need of soft dog treats, canned dog food, and financial donations to help the pets.