Humane Educational Society gives update on nationwide Beagle rescue

The U.S. Department of Justice ordered the removal of about 4,000 beagles from Envigo, a breeding facility that supplies laboratories with their animal subjects for pharmaceutical research and testing.

A USDA inspection reported the facility performed unnecessarily painful medical procedures on dogs and puppies.

Other inhumane actions and hazards found by the USDA included: “A 3weekold male puppy was found in the pan below cageYoung puppies who fall into trays below their cage may become distressed, cold, hungry, dehydrated, or contaminated with feces and urine.”

The dogs also had limited access to food and water, however food was shown to the dogs.

Metal automatic food dispensers (self-feeders) which were normally mounted on the doors of each cage were turned around and left on the doors of the
cage, so that the dogs could see and smell the food but could not eat it. Many of these self-feeders did not have lids, so the dog food was visible through the uncovered top of the feeders.”

Our local humane education society has accepted twenty-one of these rescued beagles.

Chasity Garrett with the Humane Educational Society said because of their background these dogs will require extra attention and patients.

“So, what you’re going to need to do is introduce them to new situations. The dogs have probably never been on a sofa, some of them may have never been in the grass before. I know, one of them went to a foster home and didn’t know what stairs were. So, they’re gonna have to teach them all these things that you take for granted that dogs know,” said Garrett. “So, anytime you’re introducing something that they don’t know or don’t understand, you’d want to pair that with that positive reinforcement so that the dog learns that it’s a good thing and that people are good things. Another thing is they’re not going to be housebroken. Most of them are probably not going to be housebroken. They might get lucky. I mean, the Beagles are really smart.”

All twenty-one Beagles are still up for grabs. There are nine puppies, nine adult females, and two adult males. If you are interested in adoption please fill out the form on the HES website.

To give you can text H E S to 89871.

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