Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) had rescued as many as 156 Beagle dogs from the Bengaluru-based pharmaceutical testing laboratory. The dogs were aged between two and five. Now, in a good news for the dog lovers, out of 156, 42 Beagles have been released. The dogs that were kept inside the cages in the lab will see the sunlight for the very first time, while many still await their release.
“These beagles have lived their entire lives in small metal cages,” CUPA said. “Due to lack of exposure to the outside world, they need to learn every little nuance of living in a home - using the stairs, toilet training, coming up to people for a cuddle, going on walks or even playing with a toy.”
“They are right now identified only by numbers. They need names, a real identity. From past experience we know that with lots of patience and understanding, they all learn to become much loved companion animals despite where they come from.”
The beagles were reportedly being used to test cosmetics on. More than 1000 dog lovers have offered to adopt the beagles.
“This is a mammoth task, one that we are confident of completing successfully, as we are determined to place every single dog into loving, deserving homes,” CUPA added.
The 156 rescued dogs were sterilised, bathed, vaccinated and acclimatised and then were put up for adoption. These Beagles, who are native to the United Kingdom, are not even toilet trained. These dogs are bred extensively in China for import and cost over Rs 20,000 each if put on sale.
CUPA is offering these Beagles for adoption for free. However, those interested need to apply online and go through a stringent screening process. As many as 1500 have already applied. Logon to http://tiny.cc/156freagles to apply.