ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Thirty more beagles rescued from a controversial Cumberland County breeding facility have arrived in the Star City, where they are currently under the care of Angels of Assisi.
This news comes two weeks after the shelter took in 64 beagles — more than half of whom were puppies — that were originally bred by Envigo so they could be sold to laboratories for testing.
However, according to Angels of Assisi’s Facebook post from Tuesday, Aug. 9, the 30 new beagles are slightly older than the last group, not to mention significantly more “shut down.” The shelter suspects this is due to the number of years the dogs spent at Envigo’s facility.
“They have never experienced a world outside of concrete floors and metal cages. It is heartbreaking to think about their past,” Angels of Assisi wrote. “Some of these dogs have been used for breeding for seven or more years. We have welcomed them with lots of patience and TLC, and we hope they know they are finally safe.”
Besides the differences in age and demeanor, the shelter tells WFXR News that the new group of beagles will need even more medical care than their predecessors. For example, most of them need dental cleanings and extractions, some have skin conditions, and the older ones need full bloodwork and extra diagnostic testing to check for any other health concerns.
(Photos courtesy: Angels of Assisi)
Judge Norman K. Moon with the Lynchburg Division of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia approved a plan in July that allowed the Humane Society of the United States to coordinate the transfer of 4,000 beagles from Envigo’s facility — which was forced to stop breeding and selling dogs and close its doors after numerous animal welfare violations — to shelters and rescue organizations for adoption
There is no word on when these 30 dogs will be ready for fostering or adoption.
However, you can still help these precious pooches — as well as other animals recovering from cruelty and neglect — by donating to Angels of Assisi’s Biscuit Fund. As of this writing, a total of 21 people have raised $882 for the Envigo beagles.