About 4.000 beagles are looking for a home after animal rescue organizations began removing them from a Virginia facility that was breeding them for sale to laboratories for drug experiments.
“It’s going to take 60 days to get all these animals out, and we’re going to work with our shelter and rescue partners across the country to getting these dogs to finally have a loving homesaid Kitty Block, president and CEO of the US Humane Society.
Shelters from South Elgin, Illinois, to Pittsburgh have begun taking in the dogs, which They will be tested and vaccinated before they are available for adoption.
In May, the US Department of Justice sued Envigo RMS LLC alleging violations of the Animal Welfare Act at the Cumberland, Virginia, facility.
In June, parent company Inotiv Inc said it would close the facility, and a month later Envigo settled with the government without paying any fine. The company did not respond to a request for comment from the news agency. Reuters.
Government inspectors discovered that beagles were being killed there rather than cared for for easily treatable conditions and nursing mothers were denied food.
In addition, the food the animals received contained worms, mold, and feces; Y In a period of eight weeks, 25 beagle puppies died from exposure to coldthe Humane Society said in a statement. Some were injured when attacked by other dogs in crowded conditions, the entity added.
Envigo, a research organization that was acquired by Inotiv last year and works with the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, said in a statement in July that it had agreed to the plan to move the dogs. The company says on its website that it breeds “healthy, well-socialized animals” that are sold for research purposes. and is licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to breed and sell the dogs. The company said in June that closing the Cumberland center would account for less than one percent of Inotiv’s total revenue.
(With information from Reuters)