Brandywine SPCA is the first shelter in Philadelphia region to receive dogs from massive rescue effort

WESTCHESTER, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Nearly two dozen beagle puppies rescued from horrific conditions are now safe in the Philadelphia area.

They are among 4,000 beagles rescued from a Cumberland, Virginia facility that sold the dogs to labs for experiments.

23 Beagles arrived at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester from Maryland on Friday afternoon.

“We love this type of rescue…it just gives you goosebumps,” said Laura Page of Brandywine Valley SPCA.

This Virginia facility faces numerous animal welfare violations. Brandywine is the first animal shelter in the area to accept dogs from this massive rescue operation.

“That’s where rescue really feels like rescue…he’s seeing a toy for the first time and it’s so rewarding,” Page said.

The dogs were assessed for medical and socialization needs on Friday.

“These dogs never saw the light of day before the seizure. They don’t know house sounds, families,” said Linda Torelli, chief marketing officer at the Brandywine SPCA.

The dogs can go to foster and adoption places on Saturday.

“We expect people to want to nurture them and help them, but then keep them as part of their family forever,” Torelli said.

Brandywine will be looking for families willing to work with the dogs to accommodate them to house living, being on a leash, and other activities that a parent might take for granted when adopting in general.

“We look forward to giving them all the love they never knew they had,” Torelli said.

People interested in adopting the dogs can stop by the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester on Saturday from 11am to 5pm. There will be a first come, first served basis for those who qualify for adoption.

Brandywine expects to receive a group of adult dogs later in the month.

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