FAIRFAX, VA – Approximately 4,000 beagles were rescued from a breeding and research facility in Cumberland, Virginia in early July and are coming up for adoption nationwide very soon.
Next week, Homeward Trails plans on having nearly 1,500 beagles up for adoption. The dogs were taken from an Envigo breeding and research facility which was allegedly mistreating the animals. Allegations were brought against the Cumberland area facility that dozens of dogs were left injured.
Of the injuries, 71 beagles had body parts pulled through the enclosures by other dogs and 50 were injured or killed due to “incompatible grouping”.
U.S. District Court Judge Norman K. Moon ordered Envigo to pay $100 per dog and $150 per dog that was nursing a litter that was younger than 8 weeks to help the costs on the shelters that would be preparing the beagles for adoption.
Sue Bell, the executive director of Homeward Trails said, “This is one of the largest dog rescue efforts ever coordinated and has truly been a group effort. To know that these dogs will get to have the lives they deserve and not languish in cages for the rest of their lives is just so rewarding.”
The Human Society of the United States partnered up with Homeward Trails to seize the beagles and get foster and/or adoptive homes inside the next 60 days.
“For months now, we have witnessed first-hand the joy these dogs experience when their feet touch grass for the first time,” Bell said, “They get a bone to chew on, and they experience love from a human being.”
To apply for adoption of a beagle, send an email to Homeward Trails at [email protected].