HUTTO (July 9, 2014) Seven beagles that were caged for as long as seven years at a lab near the Texas-Mexico border have been rescued and will be put up for adoption.
The nonprofit Beagle Freedom Project negotiated with the unidentified lab to secure the release of the dogs Tuesday night.
The dogs were used for experimentation, the group said.
“Dogs are tested on everything from your typical products in your household like your dish washing liquid, laundry detergent, your toothpaste, your makeup and then of course your pharmaceuticals as well," said Shannon Keith, the president of the Beagle Freedom Project.
The dogs, which were taken to Hutto after their release, and will be placed in foster homes until they can be adopted.
More than 65,000 dogs are held in labs nationwide, and 96 percent of them are beagles, the group said in a statement.
The breed is preferred because of its, friendly nature, but very few lab beagles survive because most laboratories ultimately euthanize the dogs.