Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Adopt a 7-Year-Old Rescue Beagle

 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry adopt a 7-year-old rescue beagle

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Puppy love.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed a new canine member into the family: a beagle rescued from an analytical laboratory.

The dog, named Momma Mia, was one of 4,000 beagles seized by authorities last month after the testing lab was closed due to numerous animal welfare violations. It turned out that the Envigo factory, which sold puppies for use in pharmaceutical and biotechnology research, kept the dogs in deplorable condition.

Many of the dogs were found malnourished and kept in cages where feces and food waste accumulated. More than 300 cubs died in the facility between January and July of last year.

Shannon Keith - an animal rights attorney who runs the Beagle Freedom Project and has taken in many of the rescued beagles - told the LA Times she got a call from an unlisted number and had no idea who she was from. other party.

Mamma Mia was rescued along with eight of her puppies. Beagle Freedom Project / Mega

“He calls my cell phone with no caller ID and says, 'Hey Shannon, this is Meghan,'” Keith recalled. "We talked for 30 minutes and I thought, 'Is this Megan Fox?'"

She only discovered the identity of the mysterious caller when the royal couple made a quiet, after-hours visit to see the dogs in a San Fernando Valley home. No photos were taken and the couple were accompanied by two security guards. Mia had been brought there along with eight of her newborn puppies.

The couple already has two other dogs. Getty Images

Keith added that unlike most people who want to adopt puppies, Markle wanted to help an older dog.

The animal rights activist says the "Suits" alum held Mia and announced, "We are adopting her. It was like, 'No, we don't want a Christmas puppy ... We want the ones we can help, who are older.'

A spokesperson for Markle told the LA Times that the Duchess had read about the closure of the Envigo research facility and she wanted to help her.

Markle was a staunch supporter of adopting rescue dogs. When she moved to the UK to marry Prince Harry, she brought her rescue beagle named Guy with her.

Mamma Mia will now live in the lap of luxury. Beagle Freedom Project / Mega

The "Archetypes" podcaster chose animal welfare charity Mayhew as one of her first royal patrons when she became a member of the royal family in 2018.

Keith shared that when the couple left the shelter, Prince Harry asked if Mia had "a favorite toy or something".

The 7-year-old beagle is off with a toy fox to his new luxury home in Montecito, where he will join Guy and a black lab thought to be called Pula.

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