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Test lab dogs take their first steps outside cages

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Six beagles in Texas that spent their entire lives in cages being tested for research were freed Tuesday.

Cameras were there as they took their first steps into the world. For these dogs, the ground never felt so good, and the air was never this crisp. For these dogs, they've never knew a life outside a cage.

"They've never touched grass, they've never seen the sun. They've never known a human that hasn't done something painful to them," said foster parent Monica Holmes.

In the United States, animal testing is legal. After labs are done, they typically euthanize the animals.

"They are the industries dirty little secret, people don't know that dogs are being tested on for their products," stated Beagle Freedom Project found Shannon Keith.

Ninety-six percent of dogs used in lab testing are beagles because they are docile and don't tend to bite. Often, they are de-barked so they don't bother technicians.

Angela palmer learned about the Beagle Freedom Project and adopted a dog last year.

"He has nightmares almost everyday, and I think, 'what are you having a nightmare about?' Probably something pretty horrible."

Parmer said she's helping these dogs start the next chapter of their lives.

"If we're not going to end testing completely, let's at least give these guys a chance to be adopted out, because they can be."

The Beagle Freedom Project stated there are more than 65,000 dogs used in labs nationwide. Many household products are tested on dogs, including laundry detergent, dish soap, toothpaste and make-up.

If you want to know if a product has been made cruelty-free, there's an app for that. It's called "cruelty cutter," and is used to scan an item to see whether it was made cruelty-free or not.

It's available now on the i-Phone and will be available soon for the Android.  

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