Up to 70 more beagles will soon be transported to Massachusetts from a troubled Virginia breeding facility run by the Envigo company, which once housed nearly 4,000 dogs, which have gradually spread across the country to find new adoptive families for pets.
Twenty beagles from the facility “riddled with animal welfare concerns” are currently en route to Second Chance Animal Services’ Almost Home Transport Facility in North Brookfield, the group said. The dogs are expected on Tuesday.
The transfer is part of a massive rescue operation led by the Humane Society of the United States, which has assumed responsibility for coordinating placements for the thousands of beagles in multiple phases over a 60-day period.
HSUS said a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against Envigo is alleging violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including findings that “some dogs were ‘killed’ without first being anaesthetized” and that beagles had “inadequate veterinary care” and had received “insufficient food”. .”
Second Chance CEO and founder Sheryl Blancato recently traveled with a staff member to pick up the beagles using the nonprofit’s newly purchased transportation vehicle.
Second Chance added that $22,000 is still needed to fund the remaining projects, but Blancato said she is grateful to everyone who has contributed so far since allowing the group to purchase the replacement transportation vehicle “just in time.” , according to the release. The group also has community animal hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield and Worcester and says it helps more than 40,000 pets a year through the various services it offers.
Once the dogs arrive, they will remain in the transportation facility for a 48-hour state-mandated quarantine period, where they will also receive all necessary medical care before being made available for adoption, Second Chance said.
Second Chance said those interested in becoming an adopter should stay tuned to its adoption opening website.
The MSPCA-Angell has also worked locally, along with the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, as rescue partners of HSUS.
The MSPCA-Angell said online that it plans to send two more vans to Virginia to pick up about 40 additional beagles – this time mostly adult dogs, as the previous group of rescued beagles were mostly puppies.
A spokesperson for the MSPCA-Angell said the group plans to ship the vans later this week, with space for up to 50 dogs, but there is no certainty at this time on exactly how many additional dogs will end up in Massachusetts. . , nor their exact arrival time or a time when they might be available to adopt.
The MSCPA-Angell and NEAS originally received 76 beagles in June, which grew to 105 after another batch arrived in July, and continued to grow at a additional 55 beagles which arrived later that month – the most recent successful transport to date. Many of the dogs have since found new homes.
Springfield’s Dakin Humane Society had also received 20 beagles from the facility through the Humane Society of the United States in July, but the group gained so much interest that it quickly stopped taking names after more than 300 applicants submitted for adoption.
A full list of HSUS rescue partners in the United States can be found here for those wanting to learn more about where rescued beagles can be adopted.