Nearly 4,000 beagles are looking for a home after being taken from a Virginia animal shelter and sold to a lab for drug testing.
"It will take him 60 days to get all of these animals out. Working with shelters and rescue partners across the country, we will eventually bring these dogs back to their forever loved homes." We're back." Kitty Bullock, President and Chief Executive Officer, Humanitarian Society of America.
Shelters from South Elgin, Illinois to Pittsburgh will begin accepting dogs and will receive health checks, vaccinations and other treatments before they can be adopted.
In May, the US Department of Justice sued Envigo RMS LLC, alleging animal welfare violations at its Cumberland, Virginia facility. Parent company Innotive announced in June that it would close the facility. In July, Envigo settled with the government without paying a fine https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-secures-surrender-over-4000-beagles-virginia-breeder-dogs-research,。
Inotiv did not respond to a request for comment.
Government inspectors found that beagles were being killed instead of being treated for easily curable diseases. Nursing mother beagle dogs were denied food. The food they received contained maggots, mold and feces. In eight weeks, he killed 25 beagles from cold exposure, according to a Humane Society statement. He added that some people were injured after being attacked by other dogs in overcrowded conditions.
According to Republican Senator Bill Stanley of Virginia, the beagle rescue effort began much earlier. "I tried to shut them down in 2019, but without success. But over the years, we never stopped fighting."
(by Alexandra Michalska Reporting, Editing by Richard Chang and Lisa Shumaker)