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Rescued Beagles Who Spent Their Whole Lives In Cages Feel Grass For The Very First Time

By - 6th July 2018

Dogs truly are man’s best friend, however, we’re not always the kindest people in return. Dogs can be our closest friends, our carers and clowns to keep us company.  Beagles are known for their friendly nature, but not everyone treats them right.

In fact, there are lots of people in the world who prefer the company of dogs to that of other human beings. Honestly, more often than not, I don’t blame them. Sure, they don’t say much but they provide the best comfort and companionship. So when people take advantage of their animal’s kind nature, it can make us feel quite sad and ashamed.

Beagles are a happy-go-lucky breed of dog. They’re quite easy-going and fairly care-free with a kind nature and friendly output. That’s what makes beagles a great household pet to have.

Unfortunately, it also makes them ‘great test subjects’ for laboratories.

Beagles are commonly used for animal testing because of their patient nature. Sadly, their loud barking gets easily ‘remedied’ by cutting their vocal cords which leaves the talkative pups voiceless.

I’m sure a lot of you are aware of animal testing, but if you’re confused as to why you’ve not often heard about beagles being tested on, it’s because they’re usually euthanised after the laboratories have finished testing on them.

Melanie Kaplan owns a beagle that was rescued from a lab. She claims there’s a very wicked reason why people don’t often adopt former lab test pups.

From what I understand, the laboratories euthanize the dogs because they say they wouldn’t make good pets because they haven’t been socialized, or because of the testing that has been performed on them. The reality is that having dogs adopted just makes the public more aware — and naturally, the labs want to avoid publicity.

beagles in testing labs

From the batch of dogs that she got her pup, Alexander Hamilton, from, it was almost impossible to tell exactly what they’d suffered

I don’t know the tests that these dogs underwent, but there are some visible signs of their treatment. One had a sore by his eye. One had a broken tail that didn’t heal correctly, and Hamilton’s vet said it looked like he had an old leg injury.

Numerous agencies are now working towards banning these cruel practices while others work to get the dogs from the laboratories into loving homes.

The Beagle Freedom Project rescues beagles from a Las Vegas laboratory.

The team filmed the moment where the beagles were unloaded. They were allowed to run around and experience grass and sunshine for the very first time in their lives!

The dogs were identified by numbers they’d been assigned while in the labs. They had their numbers tattooed on the inside of their ear. The first thing the rescuers did was give them all new names.

The team then took the beagles to a backyard where they could run around and play like regular dogs after spending every day in a crate.

The dogs joyfully sniffed the grass and played with each other. Naturally, they were still wary of human contact. But after enjoying some outdoor freedom, they soon started to let their guard down.

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