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Beagles rescued from Virginia dog-breeding facility get the star treatment in D.C.

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Christi and Justin Hast adopted three-year-old Dita from the Richmond SPCA in Richmond, Va. Dita is one of 4,000 beagles rescued from the Envigo beagle breeding plant in Virginia. Video by Alexa Welch Edlund/Times-Dispatch

WASHINGTON — Now-famous beagles rescued from a breeding and research facility in Virginia were on Capitol Hill on Thursday as an animal welfare group and a California congressman pushed for legislation that would promote adoption of research animals. 

“It’s unfortunate that animals are still allowed to be used in testing. That hopefully is going to go away very, very soon. But while it’s happening, we can do better,” said Rep. Tony Cárdenas.

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A beagle rescued from the Envigo medical dog-breeding facility in Cumberland County, Virginia, at a Capitol Hill event on Sept. 22, 2022.

The beagles came from a controversial Envigo medical dog-breeding facility in Cumberland County that shut down under pressure from federal regulators because of a string of animal welfare violations, the Virginia Mercury has reported.  Federal agents in May seized hundreds of dogs and puppies found to be “in acute distress.”

A judge in July approved a plan to move 4,000 beagles from the facility to shelters for adoption, making national headlines. One adopter turned out to be Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, who are now living in California.

On Thursday, several of the beagles were at the Capitol to get petted and shown off at a “meet and greet” and to help make a point about animal research.

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Rescued research beagle visits Capitol Hill. 

Cárdenas, a California Democrat, introduced a bill last October that would require any facility receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health to make “reasonable efforts” to adopt any dog, cat or rabbit deemed suitable for adoption once that animal is no longer needed for biomedical and behavioral research. 

The legislation has four other co-sponsors, Joe Neguse of Colorado, Jimmy Panetta of California, Donald Payne Jr. of New Jersey and Dina Titus of Nevada.

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