Brescia, July 2 - More than 2,500 dogs rescued from abusive owners a year ago were officially granted new homes and owners on Tuesday. Prosecutors in Brescia formalized the adoption of the beagles who were rescued from the controversial Green Hill breeding facilities in July 2012. The kennels in northern Italy where beagles were being bred for scientific experiments were closed following numerous protests and widespread public outcry. Police seized more than 2,500 dogs during inspections of the complex and three company managers have been probed for animal cruelty. Opponents of the facilities were jubilant after the announcement was made Tuesday. "This is great news - a major victory," said Rossella Muroni, general manager of Legambiente. Last month, the European Commission also ordered Italy to demonstrate that it is complying with EU directives on animal testing.