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Beagles once force-fed pesticides are now going to new homes


The beagles had been used to test a new fungicide


Thirty-two beagles will be adopted out to new homes after being rescued from a laboratory where they were being fed pesticides.

Wait...what happened?

Charles River Laboratories in Michigan admitted to force feeding a new fungicide to three dozen beagles. The fungicide was being developed by Dow DuPont's Corteva Agriscience division. The lab planned to euthanize the dogs at the end of the test.

In March, the Humane Society of the United States posted a video exposing the testing. According to the Humane Society, half a million people protested the treatment of the beagles. A few days later, Corteva announced that it would be turning the beagles over to the Humane Society.

In a statement, Corteva said that the "dogs are healthy, under the care of veterinarians," and that the company would "work as quickly as possible with the Michigan Humane Society to find safe and caring homes."

The Humane Society has since received 32 beagles from Corteva. The Humane Society said that it is currently accepting applications to get each of these dogs adopted and will make a decision on the best home for each beagle after 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The dogs will undergo training before they can go to their new homes, and the Humane Society warned that since the dogs had experienced trauma, "activities enjoyed by other dogs may not be options for them."

It is not clear at this point why only 32 dogs were available for adoption when 36 were used for the study.

"And, of course, we want to see all 36 beagles who were assigned to this study released to the Michigan Humane Society," Vice President of animal research issues at the Humane Society Kathleen Conlee told CNN. "It is up to Dow/Corteva to explain why there are only 32 dogs being released." Conlee said that in her organization's discussions regarding the dogs, the laboratory repeatedly agreed that there were 36.

The original video from the Human Society that led to the release of the beagles is posted below. The content may be disturbing for some viewers.

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