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Pet Helpers welcomes beagle puppies rescued from mass breeding

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Pet Helpers of Charleston is preparing to find homes for 18 beagle puppies rescued from a mass breeding facility in Virginia.

Rescuers have removed nearly 4,000 beagles from Virginia property that they allegedly bred dogs to sell to animal testing labs. Pet Helpers staff members traveled to Virginia Friday evening to pick up the puppies for the shelter to care for.

Upon their return to the holy city, the puppies received a medical evaluation, were microchipped and cleaned up. Shelter staff will continue to monitor and assess puppies for any signs of illness or behavioral issues before they are placed in temporary foster homes.

Pet Helpers shelter director Alexis Caul said beagles in such facilities have generally never seen sunlight, been outdoors or even seen the real world.

“It’s also unfortunately just survival of the fittest,” Caul said. “As I said, there are so many animals and not enough resources at any one time, so it’s important that we put them in the right places, shelters and homes so that we can sustain them in a way appropriate.”

The beagles will be available for adoption August 20 at the Pet Helpers facility. Those interested in adopting them should visit the shelter’s Facebook page.

Staff members say that although they only received puppies this time around, they expect to transfer adult beagles in the coming weeks.

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