- BBC News World
Nearly 4,000 beagles are looking for new homes after what is believed to be one of the largest dog rescue efforts in America.
These pets were raised at a facility in Cumberland, Virginia. They were then sold to pharmaceutical companies to be used in drug experiments.
The hatchery was closed due to animal rights violationsand charities have a mission to relocate the dogs.
The company behind this center, Envigo RMSwas sued in May by the US Department of Justice, alleging multiple acts of animal cruelty.
Inspectors found that some dogs were euthanized rather than receiving veterinary care for easily treatable conditions.
They were also fed food containing worms, mold and faeces, while some nursing mothers were denied any food.
On another occasion, 25 puppies died from exposure to cold.
After the lawsuit, the company denied the allegations but announced it would close that kennel and place the dogs with the animal rights charity Humane Society, CBS News reported.
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