After leaving the research center, 50 beagles arrived in Midland

50 male beagles arrived at the Humane Society of Midland County last week after being released from a research center in Virginia.

Last month, a federal judge ordered the release of 4,000 beagles from the Envigo Breeding and Research Center.

The New York Times reported Envigo violated dozens of federal regulations. When federal officials applied for a search warrant, they found hundreds of beagles sick and some dead due to the treatment they received, the Time reported.

Once the beagles were released from Envigo, federal authorities had 60 days to find new homes for the beagles.

And one of those places is the Humane Society of Midland County located in the city of Midland.

“They’re in surprisingly good shape,” said Veronica Letts, animal care technician at the Humane Society of Midland County. “They’re up to date on their vaccinations, for the most part, but they’re not the least bit injured.”

However, the beagles had missed something important: the great outdoors. Letts said the dogs had never seen grass before or even been outside until they arrived in Midland.

“It was actually crazy to see them hit the grass for the first time because they didn’t even know what to do,” Letts said.

Sherry Decker came from the Lansing area to adopt one of the beagles. She says her family will decide on a name for their new member.

Several anxious beagle lovers gathered outside the Humane Society as early as 7:45 a.m. to line up for adoption. And when the gates opened at noon, a long line had formed outside of people waiting to meet the beagles.

Sherry Decker came from the Lansing area to adopt one. Decker said she was willing to go just about anywhere to adopt one of the beagles after hearing various news reports about the Envigo installation.

Before Decker found out that the Humane Society of Midland County was going to have beagles, she planned to take a ferry from Muskegon to Milwaukee to get one.

“I love beagles. And who wouldn’t want to save a beagle that was in a puppy mill?” she said.

Letts said this is the second transport of beagles they have received after releasing the 4,000 beagles from Envigo.

She said the fastest way to learn more about adoption is to visit their website and complete an adoption application.