WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - A Williamsburg rescue took in 32 beagles today from the Envigo research facility in Cumberland, Virginia.
The 32 dogs arriving at Homes Fur Hounds rescue were part of 4,000 that had been specifically bred for medical research until the Humane Society got involved.
“They are not going to know how to walk up and down stairs, they don’t know what a TV set is, they don’t know what a blender is, they don’t know what traffic is if you’re taking them on a leash,” said Deanna Cosby, founder of Homes Fur Hounds.
The research facility is accused of multiple animal welfare violations.
The beagles in Williamsburg were bathed, fitted for collars, and moved to foster homes today. They will be ready for adoption in 4-6 weeks.
“We just want every dog to have the opportunity to live in a home, play in the yard, have toys, sleep in a bed inside, be a family pet," Cosby said.
Cosby said monetary donations are appreciated to go towards the beagles veterinary care. If you'd like to donate, contact Home Fur Hounds via their Facebook page.
News 3 learned later Friday afternoon that 17 beagles arrived at the Virginia Beach SPCA. They will be available soon for adoption.