Five beagles freed from a breeding facility have landed at the Athens Area Humane Society, according to the Athens Banner Herald.
These beagles were part of the largest dog rescue operation in the United States. They were seized in July after the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited a massive puppy mill in Cumberland, Va., for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
The seized dogs were turned over the U.S. Humane Society. The company has settled with the government, according to a report in USA Today.
Debra Berger of Atlanta and the state director in Georgia for the national society, attended the arrival of the beagles at the new shelter on Mitchell Bridge Road. The new shelter opened a year ago.
“This is a process. It’s not one and done. There are 4,000 beagles in need of rescue,” Berger said, noting that more beagles would likely come to Athens.
Beagles, such as the puppy sponsored by Hughes, will go to a foster home where the dog will be acclimated to a life with a caring family.
You can donate online to the Athens Area Humane Society or follow them on Facebook. It looks like there will be a delay before the Beagles are available for adoption, so in the meantime, here are a few of the other dogs.
Cowboy is a large, 7-year old male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Athens Area Humane Society in Athens, GA.
Cowboy is a loving and loyal 7-year-old boy who appreciates the value of a great couch to nap on. While he may enjoy short walks or chewing on nice bones, he is at his happiest curled up next to you watching Netflix. He’s sweet as can be, and comes move-in ready already knowing sit, come, down, stay, and shake! Cowboy and his foster are working through a fear of other dogs at the moment, so he would prefer to be the only dog in his home. Looking for an easygoing chill buddy? Cowboy’s your guy! ? Yeehaw!
Jojo is a 1.5-year old, medium-sized female mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Athens Area Humane Society in Athens, GA.
Jojo’s always on the go! She’s got a bubbly and happy personality and is extremely loyal. She loves to play and get zoomies in the yard. She doesn’t like other dogs but she loves people!
Nacho is a year-old male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Athens Area Humane Society in Athens, GA.
Nacho is the happiest dog on the planet! He loves to play and explore. He’s doing great in foster care right now, learning house manners and crate training. He gets along great with other dogs as well, but his energy is too much for a cat in a household.