Last Green Hill beagles placed in homes

Politicians must respect public opinion, says Senate speaker

Last Green Hill beagles placed in homes

(ANSA) - Rome, September 20 - The last of the dogs saved from the controversial Green Hill breeding facilities last July were placed in homes on Thursday. At a ceremony celebrating the adoptions, Senate Speaker Renato Schifani said that he hoped "animal experimentation comes to an end soon". The kennels in northern Italy where beagles were being bred for scientific experiments were closed following numerous protests and wide-spread public outcry. "Politicians should never lose touch with public opinion. It would be an unforgivable mistake if they did," said Schifani. Police in July seized more than 2,500 dogs during inspections of the complex and three company managers have been probed for animal cruelty. The last of the confiscated dogs, a mother and her two puppies, were delivered to their new home Thursday after a month of rehabilitation in a canine center. The puppies had health issues, and the mothers had never seen sunlight and could not drink normally since they were hydrated through a forced-drip system when in captivity, said Eleonora Bizzozero, head of the rehabilitation center.

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