More than 4,000 beagles raised to be used in US drug trials were rescued from a breeding facility in Virginia

A few of the 200 beagles who were among 4,000 dogs freed from a Virginia breeding facility, sit in cages moments after the dogs arrived in two trailers at Priceless Pets, a nonprofit rescue, in Chino Hills on Saturday afternoon, July 23, 2022.
  • More than 4,000 beagles were saved from being used in US drug trials earlier this week.
  • The dogs were removed from a Virginia breeding facility by animal rescue organizations.
  • The facility previously was sued by the DOJ over alleged animal rights violations.

More than 4,000 beagles were saved from a breeding facility in Virginia, which would have sold the dogs to laboratories for US drug experiments, Reuters reported.

Animal rescue organizations are working to remove the thousands of beagles from the facility in Cumberland County, Virginia, which was supposed to be shut down due to alleged animal rights violations.

In May, the company that owned the facility, Envigo RMS, was sued by the Department of Justice, which accused the company of animal cruelty after inspectors found that some dogs were being killed instead of given veterinary care, according to a report by BBC , and at least 25 dogs died in the facility due to cold exposure.

Inspectors also reported that the dogs were being fed food covered in maggots, mold, and feces, and some dogs who were nursing were denied food at all, BBC reported.
Beyonce, a rescue Beagle with one ear from the Envigo breeding and research facility, sniffs a toy during while resting with volunteers at Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on August 07, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Envigo RMS denied the allegations, but its parent company Inotiv Inc ordered Envigo RMS to close the Cumberland breeding facility in June, according to Reuters. In July, Envigo RMS reached a settlement with the government without paying any fines, and the DOJ announced the transfer of the dogs to get them treatment and put them up for adoption.

"It's going to take 60 days to get all of these animals out" and to work with shelters and rescue partners to find adoptive families, Kitty Block, president and chief executive of the US Humane Society, told Reuters.

The beagles were sent to adoption centers across the US, from Chino Hills, California; to Elgin, Illinois; to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Beagles are one of the most common dog breeds used for pharmaceutical trials because they are small and docile, according to the American Anti-Vivisection Society , an organization that advocates against drug trials on animals.

"The most common breed of dog used for experiments are beagles, but not because scientists view them as the best model for human disease," according to the organization's website. "Rather, beagles are convenient to use because they are docile and small, allowing for more animals to be housed and cared for using less space and money."

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Yeti Bigfoot

Alright I'll say it... Why are we just shaming the breeders? It's our government that is testing on them! They wouldn't sell them to people for testing if testing wasn't being done. It's that simple! They test on us.. so, testing on a dog is not far off from a no they wouldn't. They are ruthless. These poor dogs. Now, I'm wondering why there's no links of you wanted to adopt.

Barbara Orser

glad to hear the dogs were rescued and won't be sent to laboratories to be used as drug testing dogs 🙏❣️


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