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‘She’s just the best dog’

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Annette Marchioli first adopted Gracie, a 4-year-old beagle rescued from the Envigo breeding facility, she was so timid and frightened that she was shaking and losing fistfuls of hair.

“She looked so pitiful and puny,” Marchioli said of the first time she saw Gracie. “Tommy DeSanto from the Richmond SPCA was carrying her in his arms. She was so tiny and timid. Her tail wouldn’t come out from between her legs.”

But after just a few days at her new family’s home in Henrico County’s Lakeside neighborhood, along with the help of new beagle brother Rocky, Gracie has grown “leaps and bounds,” Marchioli said.

“I thought it would take years for her to adjust, but in a matter of days, we saw her tail come out from between her legs. She wags her tail. She’s so loving and cozy. She’s the best cuddler,” Marchioli said.

Gracie is one of 4,000 beagles rescued in July from overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at the Envigo breeding facility in Cumberland County.

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