The CSSS welcomes 18 beagles from a controversial breeding/research center


The Humane Society of Sarasota County recently joined a nationwide rescue effort organized by the Humane Society of the United States and received 18 beagles from the Envigo Breeding and Research Center in Cumberland, Virginia.

In late July, the National Humane Society took possession of approximately 4,000 beagles from Envigo, a mass-breeding facility facing federal prosecution for multiple violations including cruelty, inadequate veterinary care and insufficient food. Many dogs were destined for animal testing labs across the country.

“We have just welcomed 18 beagles to our homes that will never be the subject of a medical research laboratory thanks to the combined efforts of animal groups across the country,” said CSSS Executive Director Anna Gonce. .

The suffering is finally over for this previously abused beagle, now in safe hands at the Humane Society of Sarasota County.

Due to the huge local interest in adopting beagles, the CSSS had to stop accepting adoption applications for resilient canine refugees. But donations to support the beagle rescue effort can be made at hssc.org/give/donate/donate-now.

“The dogs are settling in well and enjoying their soft beds and toys after a very long and messy trip,” Gonce said. “We are so excited to be able to give them a home life that they would have been denied before.”

Multiple inspections of the Envigo facility over the past two years have revealed dozens of local, state and federal violations. According to The New York Times, a visit revealed that many beagles who were to be put down were not given anesthesia before being euthanized via an injection into the heart muscle.

Facility records indicated that from Jan. 1, 2021 through July 22, 2021, the deaths of more than 300 beagle puppies were attributed to “unknown causes,” according to a federal complaint filed in the Western District of Virginia and reported in the New York Times.

Due to the huge local interest in Envigo's beagles, the CSSS had to stop accepting adoption applications for resilient canine refugees.  But donations to support the rescue effort can be made at hssc.org/give/donate/donate-now.

The Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th St., Sarasota, is the area’s premier no-kill shelter and relies solely on community support to continue its mission. Programs offered include pet adoption, humane education, pet therapy, a pet food pantry, a volunteer program, and an affordable veterinary clinic open to the public. Visit hssc.org or call 941-955-4131.

Submitted by Alissa Jackson

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