Thirty-two beagles that were released to the Michigan Humane Society are on their way to finding new homes
Thirty-two beagles are getting new homes.
Last week, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) announced that they were beginning to accept applicants to provide “forever homes” for the dogs, which were saved from a local animal testing site — where they were part of a one-year pesticide study — last month.
MHS spokesman Andy Bissonette told CNN that within one hour after making the post on Friday, the organization received almost 400 applications. The page where individuals could apply has since been taken down.
Bissonette went on to tell the outlet that staff members will begin contacting adoption candidates on Monday.
The beagles were released from Michigan’s Charles River Laboratories after the Humane Society of the United States posted a video that purported to show that as part of the study, the dogs were being force-fed pesticides.
The study was being conducted to test a new fungicide developed by Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont. (In 2017, the Dow Chemical Company merged with DuPont to create the world’s largest chemical company).
According to the Humane Society of the United States, the dogs were reportedly scheduled to be put down in July, at the end of the study, unless they were able to be released.
A petition was then created demanding the release of the dogs, which was signed by over 100,000 people, according to MHS.
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On March 27, Corteva announced that they would be releasing the animals to MHS.
“We fully appreciate the concern for the well-being of the dogs and we take their rehoming very seriously. Finding caring, safe homes for all the dogs in the study has been our priority and we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Michigan Humane Society to re-home the animals,” the statement read.
“Working with MHS we will follow a process, as outlined by veterinarians, which takes several weeks and includes proper socialization and vaccinations, and each dog will be spayed or neutered,” the statement continued, noting that all of the dogs “are healthy.”
The following day, MHS announced that the dogs would be released to them “within two weeks.”
Although MHS has noted that the animal testing performed on the beagles was not illegal, the animal welfare organization is working to put a stop to animal testing.
“Michigan Humane recognizes but opposes the use of animals in research where there are clear alternatives,” president and CEO Matthew Pepper said in a press release. “While we understand the conflict between regulatory mandates and animal welfare, we as a society must move beyond cruel and unnecessary means of research. Suffering at any level cannot be acceptable.”