The Michigan Humane Society has announced that more than two dozen beagles used in pesticide testing by Corteva Agriscience are ready for adoption.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) said the 32 dogs that were at the Charles River Laboratory, in Mattawan, were on the road to recovery under their care and are now ready to be adopted.
“Everyone seems to be settling in nicely,” Media Manager at Michigan Humane Society, Anna Chrisman said.
The HSUS said it carried out an undercover investigation at the lab, and released pictures and videos on Tuesday, March 12 that they say show experiments being conducted on the dogs for three companies: Corteva AgriScience (the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont), Above and Beyond NB LLC, and Paredox Therapeutics.
After a public outcry, that testing was stopped.
On Friday April 12, HSUS announced opening the adoption process for the dogs, and received nearly 400 applications, according to a spokesman for HSUS.
“We put out a request this weekend for applications for adoption. It is now closed, and we’ve been so excited just about the number of folks expressing interest in providing forever homes for these kiddos,” Chrisman said.
Chrisman said the dogs are recovering and doing well despite claims of severe suffering.
“We are going to treat these guys just like we do every other animal that comes into our shelter. Everyone’s went through a behavioral and medical evaluation and we attempt to only place animals in homes that are healthy. But we can’t make future predictions on their health or any of the other animals in our care,” Chrisman said.
Chrisman said they have lots of applications from people who want to adopt the dogs. She said they must figure out where the best homes will be, saying that Michigan residents will be given priority to adopt.
Chrisman said they will have to go through every application because they are looking for the perfect homes. She said it could take several weeks to vet the applications and get the dogs into their new homes.