Lab releasing beagles that underwent testing to Michigan Humane Society

Posted at 8:43 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 11:02:36-04

(WXYZ) — A Michigan lab that was revealed to be testing on 36 beagles will release the dogs to the Michigan Humane Society so they can be placed into homes.

An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States revealed that the beagles were being injected with pesticides and other drugs at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan.

Corteva Agriscience commissioned the lab to "force-feed a fungicide to beagles for a year." Some of the dogs were given extremely high doses of the pesticide, and the dogs that survived to the end of the year-long study would be killed.

Humane Society supporters urged Corteva to release the beagles into safe hands, sending thousands of messages to the company over the past several days.

“The Humane Society of the United States is truly grateful to Corteva for choosing a reputable and trustworthy organization, Michigan Humane Society, to ensure the care and placement of the dogs into loving homes," said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Michigan Humane Society. "We thank MHS for taking on the responsibility for these dogs, who have gained worldwide attention. We will continue our long-term work to end the use of dogs for testing of various products, including pesticides and drugs.”

The Michigan Human Society released this statement:

We are happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with Corteva Agriscience regarding the placement of the beagles from the study. We are pleased with their decision to work with us and look forward to a new beginning for each of these animals. The beagles will be transported to our facilities within two weeks for evaluation, care and to explore placement options. We will announce a timeframe for when these beagles will be available for adoption and details regarding adoption applications via our social channels as soon as possible. Our focus right now is on working toward positive re-homing opportunities for each of the animals.