Animal rescue

Gallatin Animal Rescue cares for 85 beagles rescued from animal testing

By Marie-Alice Royse

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GALLATIN, Tennessee (WSMVName) – The Animal Rescue Corps said goodbye on Saturday to the last group of beagles they cared for from the Envigo breeding facility as they continued their journey to loving homes in California.

Over the past two weeks, ARC members have temporarily cared for 85 of the 4,000 beagles recently ordered released to rescue organizations by a court in Virginia after an investigation found the massive center commercial farm known as Envigo had several violations of the American Welfare Act. The Department of Justice described conditions at Envigo’s beagle breeding facility as “torturous.”

“We are honored for the ARC to play a small part in this massive and collaborative rescue operation,” said ARC Executive Director Tim Woodward, “and to help change the future of these dogs. ‘a future of harm to a future of hope.’

Before they were rescued, the beagles’ future looked bleak, as many were housed in sterile cages in groups of 30 or more and destined for toxicity studies and lab testing.

While at ARC, each beagle was cared for by teams of volunteers and provided with much-needed socialization skills to prepare them for their next adoption. Priceless Pet Rescue in Southern California will find homes for the 65 dogs leaving Tennessee on Saturday and more than 700 other Envigo beagles.

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