MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (04/10/19) - The Humane Society of the United States says beagles used for pesticide testing at a Michigan lab have been released.
It says the Michigan Humane Society is working with the dogs to prepare them for loving homes.
The HSUS announced last month that testing at the Charles River Laboratories in Mattawan was being done for a number of companies, including Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont.
The national non-profit says its investigator saw dogs killed at the end of studies and documented others suffering for months.
The investigator reported 36 beagles were being force-fed a fungicide for Corteva Agriscience to test its toxicity.
The HSUS says the dogs are in great hands with the Michigan Humane Society.
In a blog post, CEO and President of the Humane Society of the United States Kitty Block says, "Since the dogs have been raised for use in the laboratory and aren’t used to walking on leash or going outside, MHS’s expert behaviorists will carry out a full behavioral assessment of each dog, as well as an independent veterinary assessment. The shelter will then use these assessments to determine next steps for the dogs, including possible placement of the dogs in their foster network. The HSUS will provide a grant to help assist with the care of the dogs prior to adoption.”