Puppies rescued from squalid Virginia facility find refuge in New Jersey

Once destined for life in research labs, five beagles rescued from appalling conditions in Virginia are now living the good life in the Garden State awaiting their forever homes.

The puppies were among thousands removed from a breeding facility closed in June for its inhumane conditions.

Nickolai, Courage, Esteban, Oscar and Eros – all five months old – were taken to the Monmouth County SPCA, NJ Advance media reported.

An animal shelter in Eatontown, New Jersey, has taken in five beagles rescued from a kennel in Virginia.
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“Their existence was pretty horrific at this facility,” said Barbara Lovell, the organization’s associate executive director. “They have clean bedding for the first time, they have toys now.”

The Department of Justice and the Humane Society of the United States have rescued more than 4,000 beagles from the Envigo Breeding and Research Facility in Cumberland after federal inspections found dozens of animal welfare violations.

The Monmouth County SPCA has received many requests to adopt beagles.
The Monmouth County SPCA has received many requests to adopt beagles.
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A transfer plan was put in place after a lawsuit was filed against Envigo by the DOJ in May.

Horrific findings included unsanitary living conditions, malnutrition and denial of adequate veterinary care, officials said.

The NJ shelter, located in Eatontown, said it has already fielded more than 1,000 calls regarding the adoption of the five pooches.

More beagles rescued from Virginia that are now in the care of the Monmouth County SPCA in New Jersey
Beagles were previously bred for pharmaceutical and biotechnology research.
Monmouth County SPCA
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, and members of the HSUS Animal Rescue Team transport beagles to the organization's care and rehabilitation center in Maryland on Thursday, July 21, 2022, after the organization retired the first 201 beagles as part of a transfer plan from Envigo RMS LLC facilities in Cumberland, Virginia.
The five beagles are among 4,000 beagles who need new homes after being rescued from an abusive breeding facility in Cumberland, Virginia.
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More beagles rescued from Virginia that are now in the care of the Monmouth County SPCA in New Jersey
The shelter has already received more than 1,000 calls for dogs.
Monmouth County SPCA
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, greets one of the rescued beagles at the organization's care center in Maryland on July 21, 2022.
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, greets one of the rescued beagles at the organization’s care center in Maryland on July 21, 2022.
Kevin Wolf/AP Images for HSUS