(Gray News/TMX) – The Humane Society of the United States has been more than halfway done finding new homes for nearly 4,000 beagles rescued from Virginia facility who bred the dogs to sell them to animal testing laboratories.
Envigo, a private contract research organization, was the subject of a legal action brought by the Department of Justice which alleged that the company had violated the law on the protection of animals in the breeding establishment of Cumberland, Virginia.
Inspections by federal agencies revealed inadequate veterinary care, insufficient feeding, unsanitary conditions, and some cases of dogs being euthanized without anesthesia.
The parent company, Inotive Inc., announced in June that it would close the breeding facility.
The Humane Society was then given full responsibility for rescuing the approximately 4,000 beagles over a 60-day period after the DOJ’s proposed transfer plan was approved by the District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
In a statement, the Humane Society’s animal rescue, care and sanctuary manager said the organization was grateful to be giving the beagles new lives after they spent their time at the breeding facility. “riddled with animal welfare law violations”.
During the transfer process, the beagles were moved in batches, and the Humane Society partnered with other animal welfare organizations to rehabilitate and adopt the dogs.
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