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After a difficult life of abuse at a Virginia breeding facility, big beagle He now lives happily ever after.
7-year-old Mama Mia was a beagle rescue, and she was one of about 4,000 dogs who were Rescued from Envigo . facility in July.
The Cumberland, Virginia facility — where infected, undernourished and sick dogs were found — has been accused of multiple ethical violations by federal agencies. Animal rights activists say the dogs have been mistreated under the guise of medical research.
“They were taking food during [Mama Mia] She was breastfeeding and put it right outside her cage so she could see and smell it but she couldn’t reach it,” Shannon Keith, founder of the Beagle Freedom project, told KTTV.
“They did it in order to starve her and her dogs to see the effect of mastitis,” Keith added. “As a result, her dogs died. They tortured her and tortured her dogs.”
But Mama Mia’s luck changed when she met Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who reached out to the Beagle Rescue Project to adopt an elderly dog.
“Mamma Mia ran into them and we’ve never seen her do that to anyone before,” Keith recounted. “I just knew this was her people.”
“Prince Harry sat on the sofa and she ran up to him and put her paws on his knees. Her tail was wagging a million miles a minute.”
Keith told KTTV that she initially did not realize she was speaking to the Duchess of Sussex during the initial phone call.
“I didn’t know who it was. She’s been saying she’s been supporting the Beagle Freedom Project for years and now that her family is settled here in Montecito they are ready to adopt.”
Beagles are Desirable for researchers Because they are a loyal and docile breed.
“They actually told me on my first rescue, and they said we pick them because they are tolerant,” Keith explained.
“After testing them, they trust us and let us do it all over again,” Keith said of the inhumane testing on dogs.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex walked away from their royal duties in 2020 due to what they described as British media interference and racist attitudes towards the former “Suits” star.
They now reside in Montecito, California, and their two sons, Archie and Lilipett.
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