Young-Williams Animal Center receives 20 rescued beagles from Virginia breeding and research center

About 4,000 beagles were rescued from the Virginia Breeding and Research Center in July. After several animal welfare violations, including painful treatments.

Knoxville, Tenn. – In July, thousands of beagles were rescued after they were found at a breeding and research center accused of mistreating its animals. The dogs were taken to animal shelters and centers across the United States. The Young-Williams Animal Center is one of the shelters.

They received 20 rescued beagles from the facility on Tuesday. They underwent health assessments and were placed in emergency foster homes, according to YWAC.

“The dogs have arrived safely at our shelter and are being matched with foster families, who will provide the extra care and attention they need as they acclimate to life outside of a facility. breeding,” said Janet Testerman, CEO of YWAC.

Two Virginia senators urged the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to shut down the Envigo Breeding and Research Center after learning of the abuse in April.

Envigo is a contract research facility in Cumberland and the most recent animal welfare violations stem from two inspections in November 2021 and March 2022. They said the facility performed unnecessarily painful medical experiments on dogs and puppies, including euthanasia without sedatives.

The senators said nearly 200 dogs were euthanized according to medical records, many of whom received no anesthesia.

Inspectors also previously said housing violations at the facility injured dozens of dogs. Seventy-one dogs were injured when body parts were pulled through the kennel wall, investigators said.

A company spokesperson previously said Envigo was working to improve conditions at its Cumberland facility with the goal of pairing one sitter for every 100 dogs. The dogs rescued from the facility represented the largest operation ever by the Humane Society of the United States.

“It takes a vast network of compassionate and expert shelters and rescues to make an operation of this magnitude possible,” said Lindsay Hamrick, director of shelter outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are deeply grateful to every organization that comes together to find these dogs the loving homes they so deserve.”

YWAC said more than 200 pets are available for adoption in total, including about 400 in foster care. Anyone wishing to adopt can start by browsing through a list of available animals.

Benjamin M. Yerger