During the summer of 2022, you may have heard about the rescue of 4,000 beagles from a breeding and research facility with unimaginably horrific conditions (read that story here). When we found out they needed help, we said Yes! right away and provided a safe haven at Brother Wolf for a group of these innocent beagles. We were in awe of the outpouring of support from around the country to save these beagles! This tremendous effort, led by the Humane Society of the U.S., would not have been possible without all of us coming together, and it made an enormous difference!

As we near the second anniversary of these beagles’ rescue, we are happy to share that the U.S. Department of Justice recently made a historic announcement! The company responsible for the treatment of the beagles pled guilty to animal welfare and pollution crimes. They will pay an $11 million fine for conspiring to knowingly violate the Animal Welfare Act related to the mistreatment of the beagles at the Cumberland County, Virginia facility. This fine is the largest in the Act’s history, and it sets a new precedent for crimes against animals. Additionally, the company must pay over $35 million in other fines and reimbursements.

Thinking back to that historic summer, we at Brother Wolf were honored to be a part of the healing journey for these beagles. It was the first time that they had known kindness or felt the grass beneath their feet and the sun on their faces. Our amazing foster families opened their homes; giving the pups a chance to run, play, and get lots of love! And so many members of our community showed up to donate, volunteer, or adopt. Through opening our hearts, we saved these beagles’ lives and made a lasting impact!

In a world where it can sometimes feel like there is so much darkness, it’s supporters like you who show us that there is always light. Thank you seems like too short of a phrase to hold the enormity of our gratitude! We could not do this lifesaving and life changing work without you. We thank you on behalf of the beagles and for all the animals who come to Brother Wolf – past, present, and future. Together, we can save and change animals’ lives for the better!


Leah Craig Chumbley

Executive Director, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue