WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) had a slew of new arrivals Tuesday afternoon.
12 News learned a medical research breeding facility relinquished dozens of beagles, and 40 went to a new RISPCA shelter in Warwick.
“These beagles were relinquished by a facility which breeds animals for animal testing and were born and lived in confined, unsanitary conditions, apparently with limited socialization with humans,” the RISPCA said in a statement.
The RISPCA took over the care of the animals from the Humane Society of the United States. Fifteen puppies and 25 adults arrived at the shelter on Tuesday.
“These were an apparent neglect situation and they needed to place them quickly, so they reached out to their partners, and we were one of their partners,” RISPCA President Wayne Kezirian said.
A spokesperson for The Humane Society told 12 News they can’t disclose the name or location of the breeding facility.
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The dogs, who were in conditions of neglect, are the first animals being housed at the newly purchased RISPCA site, which will become an animal shelter and low-cost veterinary clinic in July, according to the organization. Volunteers said without the new facility, taking in the 40 beagles would have been impossible.
“They won the beagle lottery because their fate would have been to be a laboratory animal otherwise,” Kezirian noted.
RISPCA staff will tend to the beagles and house them in air-conditioned offices.
A spokesperson for the RISPCA said multiple organizations are involved and dogs from the facility have also been transferred to shelters in other states.
The same testing facility relinquished 76 dogs to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) earlier this month. Between Rhode Island and Massachusetts, 116 dogs were rescued from the facility. The Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem is helping care for the animals the MSPCA received.
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Two of the dogs gave birth to 13 puppies while in the care of the MSPCA, according to a social media post. MSPCA-Angell Director of Adoption Centers and Programs Mike Keiley said the rescue will lead to loving homes for the beagles.
“This is undoubtedly one of the most consequential national operations we’ve ever been a part of and our focus is ensuring these dogs will be cherished and loved by new families here,” Keiley said.
The dogs taken in by the RISPCA arrived in good spirits and will be up for adoption soon. Those interested in giving one of them a home can contact the organization directly at (401) 438-8150 ext. 0 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“These animals are pretty close to ready to go,” Kezirian said. “They all need some medical attention. We will provide that before they are adopted.”