BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – A group of beagles that have spent their entire lives in a laboratory have been rescued and are on their way to their forever homes.
Canadian-based rescue The Beagle Alliance rescued the beagles from a lab in the Midwest and brought them out to experience a grassy yard for the first time.
Lori Cohen, the executive director at The Beagle Alliance, said that she cannot disclose from which laboratory the beagles came. It is also unclear what was done to them, but she said most dogs are used for biomedical or drug testing.
“There’s some decompression to happen and just love and patience, and slowly, they come out of their shells,” Cohen said.
More than 250 U.S. institutions report using dogs in experiments each year. The majority are companies, community or technical colleges, and public universities.
“Beagles are the most used breed of dog used in …