Dogs
156 beagles rescued from laboratory cages get their first taste of freedom
The look on these dogs faces after they were set free will bring you to tears.
D.G. Sciortino
08.05.22

Not only were the 156 beagles found at a research lab in India being experimented on, but these poor pups also weren’t even kept sanitary.

Thankfully, they were rescued, and eventually bathed, by Compassion Unlimited Plus Action a.k.a CUPA.

CUPA, located in Bangalore, India, is an animal advocacy and welfare organization that cares for stray, wounded, abused, and abandoned animals.

The organization was founded in 1991 by Englishwoman Crystal Rogers who started CUPA in two tiny rooms in her house. Now more than 10,000 wild and domestic animals have passed through the property or have been in their care.

CUPA legally advocates for the welfare of animals, enacts urban stray dog control, and runs a veterinary hospital, emergency care center, animal shelter, and rehabilitates wildlife in their indigenous homes.

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They took on the task of receiving the beagles once they were released from the laboratories and bringing them back to their facilities.

Once they did all that, they would get the dogs ready to find new homes for each and every one of the dogs.

“This is a mammoth task, one that we are confident of completing successfully, as we are determined to place every single dog into loving, deserving homes,” the NGO rescue group Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA)writes on Facebook.

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The jailbroken dogs seemed ecstatic when they arrived at the CUPA facilities and were let out of their kennels.

They look so happy and had big doggy grins on their faces.

But some of these dogs had never seen the light of day before and were kept in small cages. This made them afraid to come out of their little kennels.

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The folks at CUPA had to coax them out of the kennels. So, they brought in the big guns to help will these scared doggos.

They invited a bunch of kids to come and hang out with the dogs. This really helped the dogs adjust back to the kind of life a dog should be living.

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A life where they are safe, happy, loved, and taken care of.

And at this point, many of the dogs looked like they were all wearing smiles.

Still, they would have a long way to go.

“These beagles have lived their entire lives in small metal cages,” writes CUPA. “Due to lack of exposure to the outside world, they need to learn every little nuance of living in a home – using the stairs, toilet training, coming up to people for a cuddle, going on walks or even playing with a toy,” CUPA wrote on their Facebook page.

About 42 of the beagles were immediately given a bath and groomed thanks to the help of Hotel for Dogs.

The pups were scrubbed down, towel dried with donated towels, and had their ears cleaned.

Everyone also got a brand new collar.

“They didn’t seem too thrilled with their first bathing experience but they did look happy and gorgeous once we were done with them. They smell fresh now, the stale dank odor that hung on their bodies from being cooped up in their cages has been washed off,” CUPA said.

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The beagles were released as a part of an agreement between the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) and hundreds of labs in India.

Dogs aren’t allowed to be used in labs longer than three years so they were required to be released. Many of them were soon adopted.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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