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The beagles have landed: 20 laboratory dogs see the sun for the first time

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A San Diego County research lab released 20 beagles to rescue groups on Thursday in an effort to get the dogs adopted. Ten are staying in San Diego County, 10 will be put up for adoption in Los Angeles.

Ranging in age from 4 to 7 years old, the dog have spent their entire lives inside a lab, and met with grass and sun for the first time at an adoption event at Four Paws Coonhound Rescue & Friends in El Cajon, reports U-T San Diego.

The lab, which has a regular arrangement to release its animals, worked with Four Paws and the Los Angeles-based Beagle Freedom Project to free the dogs. 

Rebecca Stevens, founder of Four Paws, said the animals were well-treated at the lab. She declined to make public the name of the facility out of concern it might compromise the release arrangement with the rescue group.

Beagle Freedom Project’s Shannon Keith said beagles can live to be 15-years-old. The group has reportedly given 57 research beagles the chance at new lives.

Four Paws is reachable online, via email or at (619) 851-1129 for adoption inquires.


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