South Elgin organization amazed by support for 100 rescued beagles

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STORY: In May, the US Department of Justice sued Envigo, alleging animal welfare law violations at the facility. nursing mother beagles were denied food; the food they received contained maggots, mold and feces; and over an eight-week period, 25 beagle puppies died from exposure to cold. Other dogs have suffered injuries when attacked by other dogs in crowded conditions. The beagle rescue effort has its origins much earlier, according to Bill Stanley, a Republican Senator from Virginia’s 20th District. “In 2019 we found out there was a place in Cumberland County that was breeding beagles, beautiful beagle dogs for experimentation,” Stanley said. “I tried to close them in 2019 but without success. But over the years we have never stopped fighting.” The Humane Society of the United States has brought 201 beagles to its care and rehabilitation center, where they will receive care until they are transported to organizations experienced in treating traumatized animals like beagles, such as the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), Wisconsin Humane and Dakin Humane.

Aubrey L. Morgan