Video: Beagle Rescued From Laboratory Supplier Enjoys First Thanksgiving With Family

For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – From the moment he was born, Samson knew only concrete, steel, and the noise of 5,000 other beagles who had been bred to be shipped to laboratories around the world. He spent eight years in a barren cage at Envigo—a massive international supplier of dogs used in experiments—and suffered from multiple preventable health problems. But as a new PETA video reveals, Samson got away just in time to spend his first Thanksgiving in a home with people who show him kindness and respect.

Rescued by a PETA investigator, Samson is now learning how to play with other dogs, discover new smells, observe squirrels and birds, and binge-watch TV shows on the sofa as a beloved member of a family.

“Seeing Samson play with other dogs for the first time and snore in his new bed gives us something to be thankful for, too,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA’s heartwarming rescue story should inspire everyone to speak out for dogs abused in experiments.”

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