Chattanooga prepares to welcome beagles rescued from Virginia facility

Beagle puppies are seen at the Humane Society of Tulsa Thursday, July 28, 2022 in Tulsa, Okla. The Humane Society of Tulsa received 208 of 4,000 beagles being evacuated from a breeding facility in Virginia. The facility breeds the dogs for medical testing facilities. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The beagles are coming.

The Humane Educational Society on Wednesday announced that 15 to 20 of the 4,000 beagles that were housed at Envigo RMS in Cumberland, Virginia, will be arriving in Chattanooga on Thursday.

A rescue team left for the Virginia facility at noon Wednesday, and the nonprofit organization anticipates the dogs will arrive at 6 p.m. Thursday.

"We are elated to be a part of the rescue effort," the group said in a statement.

Staff and volunteers have been getting ready to welcome several beagles and provide needed specialized care, the group said in a news release.

"We are devastated at the suffering these dogs have endured," Rebecca Bryan, executive director of HES said in a statement.