'These dogs will get to have the lives they deserve' | 4,000 beagles rescued from a Virginia facility


One step closer to finding a new home for the thousands of beagles discovered in a breeding and research facility that allegedly mistreats its animals. Beginning the week of July 25, Fairfax-based rescue group Homeward Trails expects to have 1,500 beagles ready for adoption.

The claims against the Envigo breeding and research facility in Cumberland, Virginia, were initially covered by WUSA9 on April 1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has contracted with the business to breed canines for research and scientific trials (USDA). According to federal authorities, the institution allegedly subjected dogs and pups to severe medical trials, including death without sedatives.

In the beginning of July, senior U.S. District Court Judge Norman K. Moon asked that 4,000 beagles be taken out of Envigo and placed up for adoption. According to court records, Moon demanded that Envigo pay $100 each dog and $150 every dog nursing a litter that was under 8 weeks old in order to cover the costs associated with getting the pups ready for adoption.

According to Sue Bell, executive director of Homeward Trails, "This is one of the largest dog rescue projects ever conducted and has truly been a collaborative effort." It is just so satisfying to know that these dogs will enjoy the life they deserve and won't spend the rest of their days in cages.

In the following 60 days, Homeward Trails and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will remove the Beagles and find them foster and adoptive homes. 500 dogs were relocated earlier, and they were successfully placed for adoption.

Since many months ago, Bell added, "we have personally seen the happiness these dogs feel when their feet touch grass for the first time, when they get a bone to gnaw on, and when they experience affection from a human being."

According to HSUS, it intends to run an active website showing several organizations that intend to take these Beagles geographically. Send Homeward Trails an email to inquire about adopting a Beagle in the Washington, D.C., area.

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