Nashville Humane takes in 40 beagles mass-breeding facility in Virginia

Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 10:09 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Animal shelters across the country have faced overcrowding this year. But despite high intake, the Nashville Humane Association continues to do its part and recently took in dozens of pups.

“We named them after Olivia Newton-John. There is Chacha, there is Rizzo,” said Executive Director Laura Baker.

Forty sweet beagles are currently in the care of the Nashville Humane Association. The pups are all girls and about eight months old. After a long road trip, they arrived on Tuesday night.

“What we do know is that they were held in poor conditions and that they were being bred for testing. So, we don’t think they have ever touched the grass. They have never been able to dog,” said Baker.

They’re a part of a group of 4,000 removed from the mass-breeding facility Envigo in Virginia, which bred dogs to be sold for animal experimentation.

“It will be weeks of vaccines, microchip, spay, and neuter services. But it’s just an investment on our part,” Baker stated.

As NHA gives them time to decompress, 20 will head to foster homes allowing them to learn more about the dogs.

“As soon as those beagles got here, every single staff member came out of their cubicles and wanted to see them. So, to see that effect on the humans and then to see our community have a positive response and do nothing but wrap their arms around us is uplifting when it comes from a story that started so negatively,” explained Baker.

If you’re interested in supporting Nashville Humane and these beagles, you can donate online at

Nashville Human Association (NHA) conducts a check-up on rescued beagle.
Nashville Human Association (NHA) conducts a check-up on rescued beagle.(Nashville Humane Association)

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