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Students convince legislators to save Oregon beagles

Dogs like this one rescued from an Eastern Oregon residence have been used for lab testing in Oregon and then euthanized. A new law taking effect in January requires labs to offer animals for adoption. (PMG file photo)

Here’s some good news at the tail end of a contentious political year.

It’s a story of a group of Oregon fifth-graders who navigated the intense legislative session to help a few animals find good homes.

The story begins in 2018, when fifth grade teacher Courtney Yeager of Beaverton’s Elmonica Elementary was in the middle of teaching a unit on the United Nations’ Global Goals. Students chose to work on goal 15, which has to do with protecting the earth and animals. 

As part of the unit, Yeager participated . . .