CUMBERLAND, Virginia. – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is embarking on the largest rescue operation in its history by rescuing approximately 4,000 beagles from a breeding facility in Cumberland, Virginia.
The facility is operated by research company Envigo, a company that boasts of providing a wide range of services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as government, universities and other life science organizations.
Envigo’s Virginia facility has angered animal rights organizations for months, and in May, HSUS filed a lawsuit against the company for violating animal welfare law.
The lawsuit alleges that more than 300 beagle puppies died at the facility in the seven months prior to filing.
According to the Humane Society, multiple federal inspections of the Virginia facility resulted in dozens of violations, including findings that some dogs were euthanized without first being anesthetized. The dogs lived in unsanitary conditions, did not receive adequate medical care, and many did not receive enough food.
“Many of these dogs were destined for animal testing labs across the country,” HSUS officials said. “It’s a huge undertaking and we urgently need your support to help us transport, care for and find homes for these dogs as quickly as possible.”
An estimated 50 million dogs, cats, monkeys, rabbits, rats and other animals undergo experimentation in the United States each year, reports the HSUS.
HSUS is asking for monetary donations to help with the historic operation.
The HSUS does not directly adopt animals to the public, but does have a list of partner organizations across the country that should foster beagles. Each shelter has its own specific guidelines for fostering and adopting animals.
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