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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Beagle Pups Rescued from Testing Lab in South Bay

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Here is a story that should pull at your heartstrings. A handful of beagle pups were rescued yesterday from a San Jose lab, where they had been living since birth and used for animal experimentation.

The Beagle Freedom Project had 24 hours to travel from Valley Village to San Jose to pick up the dogs before they were euthanized. Founder Shannon Keith jumped into her car and got the dogs -- all nine of them -- just in time.

It was the first time these sweet pups had walked and played in the grass, or even interacted with other dogs. They could barely walk without stumbling, according to Gary Smith, who is working with the organization.

click to enlarge Their first playtime - GARY SMITH
  • Gary Smith
  • Their first playtime

The group couldn't confirm what kind of testing the dogs were being used for, but they believe, based on conversations with the lab, it was for household products and cosmetics.

click to enlarge Headed out for a whole new life - GARY SMITH
  • Gary Smith
  • Headed out for a whole new life

Beagle Freedom Project, which rescued 11 beagles and a few rabbits, plans to find the pups foster homes soon -- but not until the rescuers get to enjoy cuddling, playing with, and running with these precious pooches.

click to enlarge By the end of the day, he was all smiles - GARY SMITH
  • Gary Smith
  • By the end of the day, he was all smiles

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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