Ricky Gervais, with beautiful Beagle Scarlett.

FLOE's Patron, Peter Egan, with Scarlett.

Photos © K9 Magazine

First Steps to Freedom

“Scarlett came into our lives through the Rescue + Freedom Project (formerly known as “Beagle Freedom Project”), a US based charity with a mission to end animal exploitation through rescues, campaigns and legislation” say Janie and Phil, Scarlett’s adopted parents.

Moments after being freed from the lab

“She was released from the laboratory in December 2016 and we adopted her in January 2017. Her passport indicates she is three old, but the poor state of her teeth suggests she might be as much as a year older than that.

It is clear that Scarlett is no ordinary dog. She enjoys her freedom, her long forest walks, gives huge amounts of love and enjoys playing with toys and other dogs. In many ways she appears to be a normal pet dog that’s enjoying life, but underneath the surface is a very deep sadness.

Coaxing Scarlett out of her carrier

Look into her eyes and spend time with her and you will see her PTSD and her many anxieties and fears that run deep. Rather than treat any new experience with inquisitiveness and excitement, the horrors of her previous life of incarceration as a laboratory subject and experiencing pain at the hands of humans has taught her that any new experience will likely be one of pain and suffering and is to be feared”.

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