Beagle Rescue and Other Animal Welfare Issues

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  • Scott Lamar

Air date: August 11, 2022

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Last month, some 4,000 beagles – puppies and adults – were rescued from a facility in Cumberland, Va., where they were being bred for use in medical research.

Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania state director of the Humane Society of the United States, was Thursday Smart talk and described the conditions the dogs lived in: “Puppies are dying from suckling in the cold, mothers are being denied food, dogs are being sold instead of being treated for basic veterinary conditions. So these dogs are spared a lifetime of pain and suffering in labs that test subjects that most were probably intended for.

Tullo said the dogs used for testing are not unusual, “dogs are used to test the safety of drugs, medical devices, pesticides, things like weed killers, insect repellents, deet. In Pennsylvania, there There are approximately 2,800 dogs that are used in research and product testing in laboratories.

Most rescued beagles have never been out or walked on the grass.

Beagles are now on their way to adoption from shelters and partners across the country, including at least seven here in Pennsylvania.

In the heat of summer, Tullo reminded everyone that Pennsylvania has a tethering law where dogs cannot be tied outside for more than half an hour and must have access to food, water and shade.


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