RICHMOND, Va. — Thousands of dogs rescued from a Cumberland County breeding facility now have a chance for a fresh start.
Around 50 of them arrived at Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) on Tuesday.
Lori Green has been raising pets since the 80s.
When she learned that the RACC would be receiving beagles from the now-closed Envigo breeding facility in Cumberland County, she knew she wanted to help.
“This story kind of grabbed my heart and I love beagles, so we volunteered to help out,” Green said.
Envigo shut down following a Justice Department lawsuit alleging dozens of animal welfare violations.
Envigo denied the allegations, but closed its operations and turned over nearly 4,000 beagles to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). HSUS is now working to place the dogs in shelters across the country.
“The interest and the outpouring has been pretty huge,” said RACC’s Robin Young.
Young said he has already received hundreds of emails and messages from people interested in adopting the dogs.
“We’re just taking it day-to-day at this point. And when everyone’s ready for adoption, we’ll let everyone know,” Young said.
The RACC received one adult dog and seven mother dogs, each with their own litter. Puppies range from one day to eight weeks old.
Their priority at the moment is welcoming and finding foster families.
“We’re just doing extra booster shots, deworming. Giving everybody intake baths, gaining weights, and you know, main information like that,” Young said.
Depending on their age, dogs can be placed between two and eight weeks old.
As for Green, she is happy to help and is happy to see these dogs getting a second chance.
“There are a lot of good people in this world who stand up for animals and we finally won this one. If more people could step up and speak up for them, animals would have a much better chance.”
If you are interested in adopting one of the beagles, stay tuned to Facebook and the RACC website.