Fredericksburg SPCA helps rescue 35 beagles from breeding facility

FREDERICKSBURG, VA — The Fredericksburg SPCA said it has taken in 35 beagles recently removed from a mass breeding facility riddled with animal welfare issues.

The Fredericksburg SPCA opened its doors to dogs after the Humane Society of the United States coordinated the removal of approximately 4,000 beagles from an Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, Va., which bred dogs intended for be sold to animal testing labs, SPCA officials said. .

The transfer plan was submitted by the Department of Justice and Envigo RMS LLC, with the agreement of the Humane Society of the United States to assume responsibility for coordinating the placement.

Fred SPCA Locke Community Medical Center Holly Haller and a tattooed beagle. (Von Young/Fredericksburg SPCA)

“This settlement ends the unnecessary suffering caused by Envigo’s flagrant violations of animal welfare laws at this facility,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division. Justice in a press release. “We will continue to vigorously enforce animal welfare laws to ensure animals receive the humane care they are legally owed and deserve.”

The transfer will take place in stages over the next 60 days, and the dogs will be up for adoption through the Fredericksburg SPCA and other shelters and rescues, Fredericksburg SPCA officials said.

After being welcomed by staff, the beagles will then be placed in foster homes until they are ready for adoption.

An Envigo beagle named Bush enjoys being outside on the grass for the first time. He is part of a group of lab beagles that the Fredericksburg SPCA has taken in and needs foster homes to care for the dogs. (Credit: Von Young/SPCA of Fredericksburg)

As a shelter already operating at maximum capacity to expand its life-saving reach in Virginia, Fredericksburg SPCA officials said foster families are desperately needed for this ongoing case and existing transportation.

“The Fredericksburg SPCA is at critical capacity as its mission is to help Virginia achieve no-slaughter status by 2025. To do this, we transport vulnerable animals from municipal/open admission shelters weekly to reduce their euthanasia rates,” said Von Young, director of marketing and communications for the Fredericksburg SPCA. “We are confident that our community will support us in expanding our home base to accommodate all 35 Envigo beagles so that we can continue to go where we are needed most.”

Fred SPCA Humane Educator Rachel Murray Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Daly proves that everyone was on deck at the SPCA for the beagles’ first baths. (Credit: Von Young/SPCA of Fredericksburg)

“The resilience of these dogs after the tragic situation they have been through is remarkable,” said Carrie Withers, executive director of the Fredericksburg SPCA. “It’s an honor to be involved in this case so that we can show these dogs something they’ve never received before – love, care and new experiences they deserve to have like beds. warm and sunny.There can be no hesitation in the work we are able to do in animal welfare, which is why we need the support of our community with foster homes, donations and volunteers to keep moving forward.

According to the US Department of Justice, the transfer plan follows a lawsuit filed by the agency against Envigo in May, alleging animal welfare law violations at the facility. Repeated federal inspections resulted in dozens of violations, including findings that some dogs had been “euthanized” without first being anesthetized, dogs had received inadequate veterinary care and insufficient nutrition, and were living in unsanitary conditions.

Fred SPCA Locke Community Medical Center Manager Holly Haller and Community Programs Manager Maddie Reid showcase their Fear Free handling skills. (Credit: Von Young/SPCA of Fredericksburg)

“It takes a vast network of compassionate and expert shelters and rescues to make an operation of this magnitude possible,” said Lindsay Hamrick, director of shelter outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are deeply grateful to every organization that comes together to find these dogs the loving homes they so deserve.”

The Humane Society of the United States said it maintains a list of partners who accept animals in their adoption program.

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