4,000 Beagles Just Got A Chance At A New Life

Approximately 4,000 beagles can now slumber easier.

It was revealed earlier this year that the beagles were being mistreated in a research facility in Virginia, and happily, The Humane Society of the United States is now collaborating with the United States Justice Department to rehome these pups at shelters across the country.

Envigo, a contract research organization that bred these beagles for pharmaceutical research and testing, was found to be in violation of more than 70 federal regulations, including keeping dogs in shelters with temperatures above 85 degrees, withholding food from nursing mothers and their puppies, providing inadequate veterinary care, and using euthanasia without a sedative, among other heinous acts.

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia (both D-VA) were among the first government officials to raise concerns about what was going on at the facility, and this month, a federal judge ordered the release of thousands of the surviving canines.

As previously stated, federal officials are now collaborating with The Humane Society of the United States and animal rescue organizations across the country to rehome these puppies within the next 60 days.

“It’s one of the most frightening rescues I’ve ever heard of or had the luxury of being a part of,” John Ramer, executive director of Wyoming’s Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary, told NPR. Ramer’s organization focuses in the rescue of animals that have previously been used for scientific research and testing.

“When I carry one dog out of a facility, I can tap it on the head, cuddle him, and tell him everything’s going to be OK,” Ramer told NPR. “However, hauling 4,000 dogs out… that’s an unimaginable quantity of dogs.”

While the outpouring of love and interest from people looking to adopt a beagle has been overwhelming, the puppies will not be ready for adoption right now.

“It will take some time before these dogs are ready for their new forever homes,” Sue Bell, executive director of Homeward Trails, a Virginia rescue organization, told NPR. “Each animal will likely have to undergo some form of medical care, including getting spayed and neutered.”

“Others may also have larger, more expensive health issues to cope with,” Bell added.

Rescue organizations across the country are actually in the “middle of it” right now, and volunteer efforts and monetary donations are likely what they require the most.

Looking for ways to contribute? The Humane Society of the United States is seeking funds to help with the rehoming of the beagles.

Their tale has now taken a new turn, and we couldn’t be happier.


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