Animal programs

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter opens its doors to six beagles from Envigo’s facility in Virginia

The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter today received six rescued beagles from a breeding and research facility in Virginia.

The Humane Society of the United States coordinated the removal of approximately 4,000 beagles from the Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, Virginia, which bred dogs for sale to animal testing labs.

In May, the United States filed a lawsuit against Envigo, alleging the company “failed to provide humane care and treatment to the thousands of beagles at the company’s Cumberland plant.”

Repeated federal inspections of the facility resulted in dozens of violations, including findings that some dogs had been “euthanized” without first being anesthetized, dogs had received inadequate veterinary care and insufficient food, and that they lived in unsanitary conditions.

On July 21, the Humane Society Animal Rescue Team began removing beagles from the facility and transporting them to partners and its Animal Care and Rehabilitation Center. According to the Humane Society website, the last of the dogs were removed from the facility this week.

“Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is delighted to help the Humane Society of the United States by welcoming six of the many beagles rescued from the Envigo lab, which was closed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to our Bridgewater shelter due to a slew of proven violations,” said shelter manager Brian Bradshaw.

“It takes a vast network of compassionate and expert shelters and rescues to make an operation of this magnitude possible,” said Lindsay Hamrick, director of shelter outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are deeply grateful to every organization that comes together to find these dogs the loving homes they so deserve.”

The Humane Society of the United States maintains a list of partners who accept animals in their adoption program. For more information on the beagles available for adoption at the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, go to

The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter specializes in pet adoption, 24/7 animal control services and TNR for feral cats. For more information, visit the shelter’s website or call 908-725-0308.