An animal testing laboratory was raided recently in New Jersey, resulting in the rescue of 120 beagles and 55 primates, The Greenwich-Post
The facility had been abandoned after the company went bankrupt, leaving all of the animals locked in cages to survive on their own. Several employees who had worked for the company notified animal rescue
organizations about the situation, prompting them to act on the tip.
"They needed immediate help. The caretakers of the animals went into emergency panic mode because they were locked inside this building," Allyson Halm, founder of one of the rescue organizations, told the news provider.
Animal rescue workers believe the dogs and primates had been abandoned for two days. Many of the beagles appeared to be in good health, if not a bit hungry and seeking attention. A number of them were unneutered.
The organizations are working to spay and neuter the pooches, and prepare them for adoption.
Halm told the news source that she has noticed vast improvements in their behavior since taking the dogs in.
"It will definitely take experienced dog owners that understand the neglect and abuse that they have received," she told the news outlet.
According to Change.org, more than 25 million vertebrate animals are used in laboratory testing every year in the United States.