Michigan Humane Society accepting applications for Beagles freed from pesticide testing

Posted at 8:17 AM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 20:23:21-04

(WXYZ) — The beagles subjected to pesticide testing at a Michigan lab have been placed in the care of the Michigan Humane Society on Wednesday.

The dogs will be prepped for adoption, the center says. UPDATE: MHS says they are now accepting applications from people who would like to adopt the animals.

“Have an opportunity to decompress, kind of adjust to shelter life and all that," says Anna Chrisman with Michigan Humane Society. "We are going to start the process of evaluating what the needs of each individual animal are.”

MHS stepped up to take in the beagles after an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States revealed the dogs "were undergoing testing for a Brazil-bound pesticide developed by Dow AgroSciences (now Corteva Agriscience)."

National Humane Society president Kitty Block wrote this in her latest blog regarding the rescued animals:

“Since the dogs have been raised for use in the laboratory and aren’t used to walking on leash or going outside, MHS’s expert behaviorists will carry out a full behavioral assessment of each dog, as well as an independent veterinary assessment. The shelter will then use these assessments to determine next steps for the dogs, including possible placement of the dogs in their foster network. The HSUS will provide a grant to help assist with the care of the dogs prior to adoption.”

“Lot of things that we take from granted with our own pets are not things that these have been exposed too,” says Chrisman. “It is going to be different than a normal general adoption would be. We are just incredibly excited to able to find forever homes for these guys”