Former Envigo beagle pup is enjoying a new life at home with couple Henrico
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — After 4,000 beagles were successfully removed from an Envigo-owned breeding facility in Cumberland County that has been exposed for numerous animal welfare violations, find homes for newly released dogs has become a major concern for many animal activists and care providers.
Beagles have been made available for adoption in small batches from places like Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC). Henrico County resident David Lane rescued his very own Envigo beagle pup from the RACC. 8News visited the three-month-old pup in Dorey Park on Thursday.
“She’s a fighter.” Lane said.
The proud owner smiled as he watched his pup, CiCi – as in Captain Cuddles – run around the dog park.
Escaping from the Envigo breeding facility was just the beginning of several challenges to the beagle pup.
A few weeks after the adoption, CiCi was diagnosed with Parvo, a potentially deadly virus. Lane and his girlfriend rushed the dog into the hands of animal care providers, who treated her, before the little dog overcame another obstacle.
“That’s why we call him a superhero, Captain Cuddles,” Lane said.
CiCi is finally living a healthy life as part of a family. She loves running around in the grass, playing with other animals and cuddling her new parents.
Lane told 8News that Cici’s journey from the breeding facility to a Henrico home has been surprisingly smooth.
Animal care experts warn owners that dogs that have been through tumultuous relationships with humans often exhibit traits of fear, mistrust, and anxiety.
Luckily, CiCi was freed from the harmful environment of the Cumberland breeding facility during her formative years as a newborn puppy. Many older dogs who have spent more of their lives in Envigo cages might have a harder time adjusting to life as pets.
“She showed no signs of trauma or anything like that,” Lane said.
According to Lane, CiCi’s attribution as a “superhero” comes from more than one source. Although she has already overcome many obstacles, Lane said she has also helped many dogs in need, whether she knows it or not.
Lane’s experience with CiCi inspired him to use his nonprofit, Geek Wellness Education, to team up with other organizations to help provide food and resources to homeless dogs.
“She’s going to keep helping people, helping dogs, and we’re going to keep having fun,” Lane said. “She’s part of the family now and we love her to death.”
Other Envigo beagles will be made available for adoption. Admissions updates can be found on the RACC Facebook.