Last week, about 40 protesters gathered in front of the Instituto Royale in San Roque, Brazil, following news of the lab abusing animals. The crowd grew to 150 and people outside could hear the cries of dogs from inside the building.
A few activists entered the lab and started opening cages, rescuing the imprisoned beagles. Nearly 200 dogs were immediately taken for veterinary help. Some dogs had tumors, some had been mutilated, and one dog had no eyes.
Since the protest and rescue, Instituto Royal has been shut down pending a government investigation. According to the lab, even if the police retrieve any of the liberated beagles, they will be put up for adoption.
Beagles are often used for experimentation because of their extremely sweet disposition. To learn more about beagle rescue efforts in the United States, please check out Beagle Freedom Project.
Photos via: Green is the New Red