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Last group of 4,000 beagles removed from troubled breeding facility

B.R. Shenoy

”Through the help of over 120 shelter and rescue partners, we were able to remove every dog from the facility in approximately two months and begin the process of finding them new, loving homes," Miguel Abi-hassan, Humane Society of the United States' chief animal rescue, care and sanctuary officer said in a press release.

Thousands of rescued beagles are now on their way to new homes and the lives they deserve. After rescuing nearly 4,000 beagles from a facility in Cumberland, Virginia, that bred dogs for sale to labs for animal experimentation, the Humane Society of the United States declared it a "mission accomplished."

According to the Humane Society, the last group of 312 beagles was removed from the facility on September 1. They will be taken to shelters and other rescue organizations in search of loving homes.

A federal judge approved a plan to remove the beagles and place them for adoption in early July, per Yahoo.

Per SF Gate, Judge Norman Moon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia also issued a restraining order imposing several restrictions on the facility. Company officials announced plans to close it in June.

The removal of the beagles necessitated the collaboration of shelters across the country that took the dogs in. According to USA Today, hundreds of shelters in 27 states took in the beagles.

"Many people don't realize that an average of 60,000 dogs just like these are still used in laboratories each year. Even as we celebrate these lucky dogs going to loving homes, we're focused on creating a future where no dogs will face that kind of fate," Kitty Block, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States said in a press release.

The Humane Society's website includes a list of its partner organizations, including those that have taken in the rescued beagles.

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