VIRGINIA BEACH – More than a dozen beagles rescued from a mass breeding facility in Cumberland have been taken in by the Virginia Beach SPCA.

The shelter received 17 beagles this week. The dogs are among approximately 4,000 dogs that will be removed from the Envigo facility, which bred dogs to be sold to labs for experimentation.

The beagles were moved to Virginia Beach after a lawsuit was filed in May against Envigo by the Department of Justice following the discovery of conditions at the facility. Around 30 other beagles were recently rescued by Williamsburg-based Homes Fur Hounds.

The Humane Society of the United States worked with shelters across the country to coordinate the dog rescue.

According to a Humane Society press release, “Government inspectors found beagles being killed instead of receiving veterinary care for easily treatable conditions; nursing mother beagles were denied food; the food they received contained maggots, mold and feces; and over an eight-week period, 25 beagle puppies died from exposure to cold. Other dogs have been injured when attacked by other dogs in crowded conditions.

The beagles will be available for adoption in the coming days after receiving medical attention. Anyone interested in adopting should check out the VBSPCA website.

“We are proud to be part of such an important rescue effort and to provide a second chance for these 17 beagles, who will soon be adopted into loving homes,” said Derby Brackett, CEO of the Virginia Beach SPCA.

For more information, visit www.humanesociety.org/4000beagles.

Caitlyn Burchett, 727-267-6059, [email protected]