VIDEO: Beagles Freed From Testing Labs Arrive in Valley Village

The 10 dogs will soon head to a foster home and spend some time there before joining a family in a forever home.

Ten beagles got their first taste of freedom Wednesday in Valley Village after living through years of animal testing.

Operation Beagle Freedom secured the dogs from labs and let them roam around a neighborhood backyard, which was a whole new world to the pooches.

"They will be here until we find foster homes," said Shannon Keith, the organization's president, adding: "It takes a while for them to get adjusted, just to being free."

The rescued canines range in age from five years to nine years old, she sai.

Upon learning how to be a dog from other canines at the foster homes, the beagles will be ready to be taken in by a family.

Beagles are often used to test makeup, laundry detergent and other products because of their friendly and docile nature, according to Operation Beagle Freedom's website.

Keith said her group is able to rescue dogs from labs in exchange for confidentiality. Having that offer on the table makes it more likely beagles will be freed instead of executed, she said.

Operation Beagle Freedom has rescued 106 dogs in the last three years.

Check out the accompanying video to see more footage of the beagles seeing the real world for the first time.

Donna Evans (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Love this story, Arin! The video of their tales all wagging is so great! Hey, um, is that Corey Feldman in the opening shot, carrying out one of the beagles?
U - M February 28, 2013 at 04:08 PM
What a great and heart warming story to read this morning. There's so much bad news out there everyday, this surely made my day. Thank you. " Beagle Freedom Project", you guys are angels.
Donna Evans (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 05:29 PM
er "tails.'' Sorry hadn't had my coffee yet! :-)
kim s. February 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM
What this group does is very admirable. But, Shannon is a real piece of work and should not be running this, or any organization. I know from experience.
george February 28, 2013 at 11:04 PM
So they're freeing living things from a life of torture but they're also allowing it to continue through 'confidentiality. Hmm!
Marina R. March 01, 2013 at 12:01 AM
WE NEED FOSTER HOMES NOW for these Beagle boys ! Please fill out an application here if seriously interested ! Thank you ! Mention the "Mid West 10: http://beaglefreedomproject.org/adopt-or-foster
Brooke Karzen March 01, 2013 at 01:08 AM
We adopted our beagle from Beagle Freedom Project. He is a true gift and we adore him. Shannon and her team are amazing. Please support them.
Renae G March 02, 2013 at 01:08 AM
What a narrow-minded and ignorant view. You are completely missing the point. Educate yourself before you share your misguided opinion.
Nancy Michaels Buchan March 02, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Yes that was Corey Feldman. There was a short piece with him in the video posted yesterday.
Nancy Michaels Buchan March 02, 2013 at 01:29 AM
If confidentiality is what it takes to free them instead of euthanizing them, I say go for it. We KNOW the testing is going on, does it really matter WHERE they are coming from?
miranda pace March 02, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Tails are wagging like crazy <3 They KNOW they are free!!
Geraldo Cruz March 02, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Great story, great video. Angels among us.
gwyneth eastwood March 02, 2013 at 07:41 AM
absolutly beautifull to see them looking so happy
lois sherret March 02, 2013 at 03:01 PM
this made me cry with joy, there wee faces loving the freedom, what a worth while job , well done , how can people be so cruel to animals x
Audrey Mannolini March 03, 2013 at 01:49 AM
I just want to know what kind of a person could experiment on these beautiful animals? These dogs do not deserve to be tortured like this. Thank God that they are free. These labs should not be allowed to experiment on animals. My gosh, this is 2013, how cruel !!!!
Lena Welen March 03, 2013 at 06:41 PM
sharon brady March 03, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Please help the astra beagles I am attending a peaceful protest at astra zeneca pharmaceuticals in alderly Macclesfield on the 7th march i'm sure your aware of their plight. I would rather break in and burn the place down and release them who can help?
Geraldo Cruz March 04, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Protesting is a great thing but I would remind you that some companies are required by law to test. I know for a fact that Colgate-Palmolive leads the way in terms of working to end animal testing once and for all. It needs to be changed but in order for that to happen the laws need to change. The number of companies who do test is a long and shocking list and can be found on the PETA website. Hopefully this link will work: http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdotest.pdf We need to work for change.This is barbaric.
Arlene March 04, 2013 at 07:15 AM
After the beagles have been fostered, if they are child friendly, I'd like to consider adopting one for our home. I live in the Valley Village area and have a 5 year old. So, a docile, loving pet would be a welcome addition for us. Please tell me how we can be considered.
Michael S. March 05, 2013 at 06:58 AM
Beagle Freedom Project has sent a letter to every laboratory in the United States that uses dogs in testing and proposed that they participate in our retirement, rehabilitation, and re-homing campaign. Read the rest here and PLEASE sign the letter ! http://beaglefreedomproject.org/weowethem/
Michael S. March 05, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Beagle Freedom Project has sent a letter to every laboratory in the United States that uses dogs in testing and proposed that they participate in our retirement, rehabilitation, and re-homing campaign. Read the rest here and Please sign the letter ! http://beaglefreedomproject.org/weowethem/
Michael S. March 05, 2013 at 07:07 AM
Considering Miss Shannon Keith stepped up and is the ONLY person in the world who has a campaign to end all research on Dogs in the U.S ,I think she should be praised and admired for all she has personally given up to run her non profit Beagle Freedom Project. I hope you find what makes you happy and what brings joy to your life Kim S. You sound very unhappy . God Bless.
Miki Henderson March 05, 2013 at 08:21 PM
I wish I had a giant beagle farm!!! These guys are beautiful.
Rich Addams March 07, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Are there any more pictures??? Please p[ost more pictures!!!!
Riki Schmigel March 07, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Hi Marina. Riki over at Zoom Room Sherman Oaks here, we want to help get the word out for these Beagles. Contact me at 818-538-9666 if we can do anything to help (i.e. blankets, adoption event, posters on our adoption board)
Geraldo Cruz March 10, 2013 at 04:07 PM
I thought it was appropriate to post this here. Imagine seeing the sky for the first time: http://theinterrobang.com/2013/03/chimps-who-lived-in-research-cages-see-the-sky-for-the-first-time/ The laws need to change.
Chris March 22, 2013 at 05:44 PM
America is about money! Some of us will do anything for a dollar! The U.S. politicians are also about money (big parma, monsanto, agriculture, big food). I want to vomit when I think of all the disgusting money exchanging going on while animal and people suffere from poison in our food and environment. Anything for a dollar!
Chris March 22, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Actually most companies do not have to do it, but do it to cover their butts legally. So, they can calculate probability of being sue by someone who got cancer from toothpaste. Others do it for marketing, so they can say “Our cr@p works 10 times better then their cr@p.”


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