Last year, the 53 dogs were found inside two small sheds on a property in St. Anne, Ill., which is south of Chicago in Kane County. Because of his department's experience with puppy mills, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart led the raid on the alleged puppy mill and the animals were placed in the care of a Chicago Heights shelter.
At that time, a judge granted an injunction against the South Suburban Human Society that kept the dogs from being adopted out. They were placed with foster families.
The judge has since lifted that injunction and now, according to an email from one of the foster families, they are now available for adoption. "It's been almost a year, and they finally can live in permanent, loving homes," writes Susan Berner in an email to ABC7. Berner has been fostering Zsu Zsu, a Shih Tzu.
The attorney for the St. Anne owners said he was disappointed with the judge's decision and said his clients have two choices- to appeal or file a motion to reconsider.