Williamsburg rescue group tackles beagles at closed Envigo facility – Daily Press

WILLIAMSBURG — About 30 dogs rescued from a Cumberland kennel will soon call Williamsburg home.

The local Homes Fur Hounds rescue should take in at least four beagle mothers and their litters along with 12-15 adult plus weaned puppies. 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 Humane Society of the United States worked with shelters across the country to coordinate the dog rescue. The removal of the dogs comes after a lawsuit was filed in May against Envigo by the Department of Justice following the discovery of the conditions at the facility. On Thursday, the first groups of beagles started heading to rescue centers.

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.

Homes Fur Hounds rescuers will pick up the beagles and transport them to Williamsburg in early August.

“We’ve been in town doing this for 10 years,” said Homes Fur Hounds President Deanna Cosby. “We do a lot of beagles, of course, living in Virginia because of the hunting season. We are used to accommodating… 5-10 beagles at a time. … Thirty years is a lot for us because we are a pretty small rescue.

Without a facility to house their dogs, Homes Fur Hounds operate exclusively through foster care, and they have already had to bolster their ranks to find places for this new influx of dogs.

“I’ve had people offer to take beagles from Greece, Washington, California, Montana, Michigan, and I had to clarify that we’re trying to foster locally in Williamsburg,” said Cosby. “We had an outpouring of people offering to become foster parents.”

During the placement process, dogs, who have never walked on a leash or lived in a home, will receive all necessary veterinary care before being made available for adoption.

“It takes a vast network of compassionate and expert shelters and relief groups to make an operation of this magnitude possible,” said Lindsay Hamrick, director of shelter outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States. , in a press release. “We are deeply grateful to every organization that comes together to find these dogs the loving homes they so deserve.”

To support the mission of Homes Fur Hounds, Sno-To-Go on Richmond Road is accepting donations as part of its Customer Appreciation Week. Customers who donate can get a discount on their ice cream. Additionally, Homes Fur Hounds accepts donations on its website at www.homesfurhounds.com/.

For more information on the rescue operation, visit www.humanesociety.org/4000beagles.

Sian Wilkerson, [email protected], 757-342-6616