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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Dozens of pets rescued from a Pulaski County puppy mill are now up for adoption in Louisville.
From a shy Chihuahua laying in her cage to a Jack Russell, you can tell from their puppy dog eyes, they want a new home. In the last few weeks, the dogs have received around the clock behavior and medical care.
"I heard the story about the puppy mill rescue and had never been to the Humane Society, so we decided to come and check it out and somebody stole our heart," said Richard McFarland, who is adopting a dog from the puppy mill.
McFarland and Alex Salvador joined many others who wanted to see these pups in person. In the first few hours, five dogs were adopted.
"First he was a little shy and you can just see the personality in his face, definitely a keeper," Salvador said.
The Kentucky Humane Society has taken in a total of 27 dogs and two cats. All of them have a puppy mill rescue tag on their cage doors.
The pets were taken from a breeding facility in Pulaski County last month living in deplorable conditions at Dream Catcher Kennels.
61-year-old Dennis Bradley pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges, and as part of the plea agreement, had to give up 43 dogs. Six had behavioral issues and were taken to the ASPCA Rehab Center in New Jersey. The remaining dogs are up for adoption in Ohio.
At KHS, the dogs are $350 each.
"That's about twice the normal price for our adoptable dogs. We do charge more because of the amount of resources that have gone in to them and staff time," said KHS spokesperson Andrea Blair.
She says the money also helps cover the costs for other dogs who have to stay at the facility longer because they have not been adopted yet.
The Humane Society says it's looking for patient pet owners for the puppy mill pets because these dogs can take longer to house train and warm up to people. But with their cute faces, they're expected to go fast.
"We know they've been through rough times and they need a loving home, so we can definitely provide that for them," Salvador said.
All of the puppy mill pets are expected to be adopted by the end of the weekend at the main campus of Kentucky Humane Society at 241 Steedly Drive.