4,000 Beagles rescued from Envigo in Virginia need new homes – NBC4 Washington

Hundreds of beagles in the DC area need new homes after being removed from an animal farm in Virginia, the Humane Society of the United States said in a statement. The Humane Society began work to remove and transport the first group of 400 beagles on Thursday.

The 4,000 beagles were removed from the company’s Envigo facility in Cumberland, Va., where they were bred and sold to labs that conduct animal experiments. 200 of the beagles were transferred to a Humane Society care and rehabilitation center at an undisclosed location in Maryland. Another 200 have been transferred to other animal care sanctuaries and nonprofits like Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, the statement said.

“These dogs lived their lives in a huge breeding facility riddled with animal welfare law violations, said Miguel Abi-hassan, animal rescue manager for the Humane Society. “We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with our shelter and rescue partners to bring these beagles back to life.”

In May, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit alleging the facility violated animal welfare law. After federal inspections, the Justice Department found that dogs were euthanized without anesthesia, did not receive adequate veterinary care, were malnourished and lived in unsanitary conditions, according to a news release.

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue Center has agreed to care for 500 of the beagles and put them up for adoption. Their adoption process will begin in the coming weeks, Homeward Trails said in a statement.

“For months now, we have witnessed the joy these dogs feel when their feet hit the grass for the first time, they have a bone to chew on, and they feel the love of a human. “, Sue Bell, executive director of Homeward Trails said in a press release.

On Saturday, beagles in the care of Homeward Trails had a “spa day” where they were cleaned by volunteers and staff, OMCP reported.

The dogs at the Maryland Recovery Center will “receive attentive care and care” until they are transported later in the week to other care facilities.

Besides Virginia, the 4,000 beagles will be moved to shelters across the country, including Michigan, California, Wyoming, Massachusetts and Wisconsin. The Humane Society is now looking for people to donate, adopt or foster the dogs in these shelters.

“It takes a vast network of compassionate and expert shelters and relief groups to make an operation of this magnitude possible,” said Lindsay Hamrick, director of shelter outreach and engagement for the Humane Society. “We are deeply grateful to every organization that comes together to find these dogs the loving homes they so deserve.”