More than 30 Beagles transferred to Wisconsin after being relinquished from animal testing facility

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- More than 30 Beagles are sitting in Wisconsin shelters and foster homes after being relinquished from an animal testing facility. 

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) received the dogs after they were rescued from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

"The Beagles were living in confined, unsanitary conditions, likely with little socialization with humans," WHS Vice President of Communications Angela Speed said.

Speed said some of the puppies already found loving homes. Others are still receiving care with their moms.

"Both medical and behavior support are being provided to this group," Speed said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, WHS almost raised their goal of $5,000 to help pay for their care.


"It's truly community support that makes it possible for us to help in situations like this," Speed said.

The Beagles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis if the adoption is a good fit. WHS will not hold puppies or dogs. 

"They will make awesome companions for loving families and we're very proud to help make that happen," Speed said.

Testing the toxicity of drugs on Beagles is common. Drug companies often use Beagles for medical testing.

In April, the Humane Society of the United States called on an Indiana laboratory to release more than 80 Beagles after an undercover investigation revealed the mistreatment of hundreds of animals.

Some states have taken steps to legally increase protection for animals.

Wisconsin has a law that says no animal can be treated in a cruel manner, but it doesn't specifically mention testing. 

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