Over 100 dogs coming to San Diego

SAN DIEGO — More than 100 beagles are heading to San Diego this week as part of a nationwide effort to care for the more than 4,000 beagles that were recently rescued from a lab-breeding facility in Virginia, announced the San Diego Humane Society on Monday.

The dozens of animals rescued from Envigo RMS in Virginia are scheduled to arrive Wednesday at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, where they will then be taken to the SDHS campus in El Cajon for treatment.

Envigo kept the animals in “disastrous circumstances” and a consent decree filed on July 15 concluded that “the company was not providing humane care and treatment to the thousands of beagles,” the US Department of Justice said. .

“It was one of the busiest and toughest summers in recent memory. But we’re here to help animals who need us, no matter where they live. These beagles deserve this second chance and we are very happy to be able to open our doors to them, just as we will soon be asking our community to do so, ”said a quote attributed to SDHS President and CEO, Dr. Gary Weitzman .

About 50 of the beagles will stay with adoptive volunteers until they are ready for adoption, SDHS said. The Rancho Coastal Humane Society and PAWS of Coronado also help place beagles.

Last month, Helen Woodward Animal Center in Encinitas took in 45 of the rescued dogs.

Anyone wishing to track rescued beagles or make a donation can do so here.

FOX 5 San Diego’s Hope Sloop contributed to this story.