(ANSA) - Milan, July 27 - The first beagle rescued from the controversial Green Hill breeding facilities in northern Italy was adopted as an emotional crowd of supporters applauded, announced Italy's State Forest Police on Friday. The pregnant adult female was adopted by Giuliano Floris, one of the organizers of the long-running protests leading up to the closure of the center breeding dogs for scientific experimentation. More than 2,500 dogs were seized during inspections last week by Italian police that have led to three company managers being put under investigation for animal cruelty. Fifty percent of the confiscated beagles are 3-8 months old and many are pregnant adult females who were used specifically for breeding purposes. The adopted beagle has been named Vegan by her new owner.