Recently, the US Department of Justice requested that the Humane Society of the United States and their shelter partners remove about 4,000 beagles from a breeding facility that provided animals for testing labs.
Currently, around 4,000 beagles are being saved from Envigo, a facility that breeds beagles for use in scientific experiments, by the Humane Society of the United States and their shelter partners.
An animal rescue coalition is collaborating to rescue numerous beagles from a Virginia facility that was supposed to have been shut down for reported animal welfare offenses.
The breeding facility of Envigo was found to be violating animal welfare laws and instead of providing veterinary care for easily treatable conditions, they euthanized the dogs, according to an investigation.
The nursing beagles were deprived of food and the food they were given contained maggots, mold, and other contaminants.
Inspectors’ reports revealed that the dogs were being fed contaminated food containing feces, mold, and maggots. Additionally, some nursing dogs were deprived of food altogether.
The Humane Society of the United States reached out to their partner shelters, seeking to find new homes for the rescued beagles amidst the ongoing situation.
Kitty Block, the President and CEO of the US Humane Society stated that it will take 60 days to rescue all the animals and work with shelters and rescue partners to find them new homes.
This week alone, more than 400 dogs have been rescued and are in need of urgent rehabilitation and forever homes.
The beagles that were rescued from Chino Hills, California, Elgin, Illinois, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have been placed at adoption centers across the United States. Beagles are frequently used in pharmaceutical testing, according to the American Anti-Vivisection Society, which is an organization that opposes animal experimentation.
“We don’t know what condition these poor pups will arrive in, but we want to make sure that we give them every possible chance at living happy healthy lives,” a Facebook post said.
The Humane Society of West Michigan is presently raising funds and making efforts to rescue, provide medical care and relocate the dogs.
The process of rescuing, treating, and relocating the dogs requires a massive effort that relies on the assistance of veterinarians, volunteers, and drivers.
This event aims to provide financial and medical support for the rescue of these dogs and other similar organizations.
The rescued dogs are finally getting the love and care they were always entitled to, and any contributions would be deeply appreciated.
“The most common breed of dog used for experiments are beagles, but not because scientists view them as the best model for human disease,” according to the organization’s website, beagles are not chosen for pharmaceutical testing because of any special traits they possess. Instead, they are preferred due to their small size and docile nature, which allows for more animals to be housed in less space and at a lower cost.