20 beagles rescued from mass-breeding facility welcomed at Young-Williams

Young-Williams Animal Center accepted the beagles from a facility that bred the dogs to sell them to laboratories.
Young-Williams Animal Center accepted the beagles from a facility that bred the dogs to sell them to laboratories.
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 10:12 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2022 at 4:21 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - On Tuesday, Young-Williams Animal Center welcomed 20 beagles that were rescued from a mass-breeding facility in Cumberland, Virginia, that intended to sell the dogs to laboratories for experimentation.

These dogs were just a portion of the more than 4,000 beagles being rescued from the Envigo facility as part of a historic Humane Society rescue operation. Officials with YWAC said that this company “euthanized” dogs without anesthesia, gave inadequate veterinary care to the animals and left them without much food and in unsanitary conditions.

The dogs received by YWAC have received health evaluations and will be placed in emergency foster homes until they are available for adoption.

“They’ve not experienced being a real dog. They’ve been treated as a commodity, I mean they haven’t even touched real grass so we’re going to change that,” said Amy Buttry with YWAC. She added that the dogs they’re taking in have been neglected of food, water, vaccinations and proper care.

For the time being, each of the 20 beagles are with foster families as the dogs get acclimated to a proper environment.

The YWAC will list the dogs on their website when they are eligible for adoption which they say will likely take a couple of weeks. YWAC officials also encouraged people to visit these beagles and other animals at their facility.

Beagles from the same facility were also taken to Middle Tennessee to find their new homes.

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