FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Some of the beagles removed from a Virginia facility that bred the dogs for research have been moved to a Fort Wayne animal shelter for “a chance for a better life.”
Humane Fort Wayne late Thursday received 25 beagles removed from an Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, Virginia, which bred the dogs to be sold to laboratories for animal experimentation.
Some 4,000 dogs were housed at the facility.
“Unfortunately, the conditions there were not optimal and in fact not optimal is a big understandment. and so HSUS got involved and was tasked with placing all of these beagles into adoption programs all across the country,” said Melissa Gibson of Human Fort Wayne said.
In May, the federal government sued Envigo RMS for violating animal welfare laws. The facility was the target of increasing scrutiny for months, drawing concerns from animal rights groups, members of Congress and Virginia lawmakers.
As a result of that lawsuit, a federal judge in July approved a transfer plan between the Department of Justice and Envigo to get 4,000 Beagles from a troubled Virginia breeding facility to shelters where they can be adopted. The Humane Society of the United States agreed to handle a coordinated placement of the dogs. The beagles will be moved over the next two months.
The beagles headed to Humane Fort Wayne will be available for adoption through the shelter.
“We are honored to be a part of this monumental effort,” said Jessica Henry, Executive Director at Humane Fort Wayne. “This organization has never shied away from a challenge, and while we know it will be a herculean task, we’re thrilled to be able to give these animals a chance for a better life.”
Veterinarian Dr. Samantha Gamble says it’s a big undertaking to take in these beagles.
“It’s been quite a process over the last few days. We had a team go down and retrieve the beagles and from that point, from the medical standpoint, we have to look at what kind of vaccinations they’ve had and when they arrive their overall medical condition,” Gamble said.
Humane Fort Wayne said anyone interested in the dogs should visit its website or social media pages for information. The public was asked to refrain from calling the shelter directly “due to the expected volume of inquiries about the beagles.
For information on adopting a dog, head to HumaneFW.org.