In most shelters, you will find Beagles. Why? There are many theories to this; some say that beagles are runners and unless you have a fenced yard, they will follow their nose and run away (that's crap - I've had a beagle for 14 years and she's still around - she's constantly following her nose ... ? ... before her we had a hound of undetermined breed with the same habits), some say that they are difficult to train so people get frustrated and dump them (could be so - I have heard that hounds are difficult to motivate, though I've never found them to be a problem) ... the excuses go on.
For whatever their reason, each dog has a story and each one is there. Take it or leave it and move on.
Today there are 7,600 Beagles on Petfinder. (That's a nice round number!) Of those many beagles, I found Washington. He has a similar story to most Beagles out there; he was found wandering around as a stray. As is not always the case, they found the owners! Unfortunately, the people were moving and didn't want to pay the security deposit their new rental unit would require to have a dog. Now the rescue is adopting him out.
Washington is in Westfield, NY and is in the care of Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue Inc.