Bay Area shelters welcome beagles removed from Virginia breeding facility

More than 30 beagles have been brought to the Bay Area after being rescued from a mass breeding facility last month.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay received 15 beagles and the Humane Society of Sarasota received 18.

The Humane Society of the United States conducted what it called a “historic operation” to remove approximately 4,000 beagles from the facilities of Envigo RMS LLC in Virginia, which bred dogs for sale to health labs. animal experimentation.

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit alleging animal welfare law violations at the facility.

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Investigating government inspectors found beagles were being killed instead of receiving care for easily treatable conditions. They also found that nursing mother beagles were being denied food and the food they received contained maggots, mold and feces.

(Sarasota County Humane Society)

Proponents said beagles are usually chosen for testing because of their trusting and docile nature.

“They’re medium-sized dogs, and they’re just extremely friendly, gentle dogs. So, unfortunately, they’re very easy dogs to put up with a lot of the experimentation,” said Ornella Varchi, director of development at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Dogs now go through the admissions process at each shelter to assess where they are physically and emotionally in an effort to prepare them for adoption and help them all find loving homes.

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“These guys haven’t really been exposed to living like a normal dog, like in a yard or walking around or on a leash and all that. So that’s all they’re going to learn as they go through someone’s house,” said Erik Pindar, a veterinarian at the shelter. “They’re going to find a lot of new things for themselves, but they’ve all been really great through the process so far. Really happy, really outgoing dogs.”

Photo: One of 4,000 beagles rescued from a research and breeding facility in Virginia is now ready for adoption at a Tampa Bay area shelter.

Groups like Animal Wellness Action are pushing lawmakers to pass the FDA Modernization Act. The bill allows an applicant for marketing approval of a new drug to use methods other than animal testing to establish the safety and efficacy of the drug.

“There is no reason for this volume of animals to be used in laboratory testing except for these mandatory tests. It is only because of the mandate that we process millions of animals a year in the United States. Beagles are just one of many, many species falling victim to this unnecessary animal testing,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action.

They encourage people to contact their legislators in support for the bill. The shelters said some of the beagles brought in on Thursday could be ready for adoption early next week.