Jul. 14—You can welcome your very own Snoopy to your family.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton announced it will be adopting out beagles rescued from a recently closed facility that bred animals for laboratory testing.
The humane society said it took in a dozen beagles out of 4,000 rescued from the Envigo facility in Virginia.
Before rescue, the humane society said they were living in confined and unsanitary conditions with little to no socialization with humans, though they did not have any testing done on them before rescue.
The four adult beagles and eight puppies have been with foster homes, where they are being socialized and cared for, the humane society said. This weekend, the puppies will be available for adoption at two local PetSmart locations as part of the store's National Adoption Weekend event.
Four puppies will be available for adoption from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at the PetSmart at 2028 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Miami Twp. The other four will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at the PetSmart at 4333 Feedwire Road in Sugarcreek Twp.
The humane society said that one of the adult beagles already has found a forever home, but the other three will be available for adoption soon at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
Anyone interested in adopting a beagle or any other animal at the humane society should visit the humane society's website to fill out an adoption application.
The Human Society of Greater Dayton said that it hopes to work with the Humane Society of the United States to transfer more beagles to its shelter, but first must find homes for those that it has.
"We are happy any time we can partner with a group to help save animals in need," said Brian Weltge, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. "The dogs were very scared and confused when they first arrived to our shelter, but they have really opened up with our fosters and our staff and are doing so much better now that they are experiencing proper care and receiving lots of love and attention."
Inotiv Inc., the parent company of Envigo, announced in June it would close the facility after a May lawsuit alleging Animal Welfare Act violations, including inadequate veterinary care, insufficient food, unsanitary conditions, and that some dogs had been "euthanized" without first receiving anesthesia.
The Humane Society of the United States is coordinating the removal of the beagles at the facility and sending them to its network of shelter and rescue partners over the next 60 days.
"These dogs have lived their lives in a massive breeding facility riddled with Animal Welfare Act violations," said Miguel Abi-hassan, chief animal rescue, care and sanctuary officer for the Humane Society of the United States. "We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with our shelter and rescue partners to give these beagles a new life."