Federal agents confiscated at least 145 beagle animals found in “acute distress” from a Virginia facility where dogs were kept for research.
Agents of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General’s Office and other law enforcement officers executed federal search warrants at the facility.
The government ruled that Envigo had repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act and asked a judge to stop the company from further violating it.
Officials say repeated inspections of the facility since 2019 have resulted in dozens of violations and the discovery of hundreds of dead dogs.
Authorities said the dogs did not receive adequate treatment, were poorly nourished and were bred in dirty conditions.
“The disregard for the laws and the welfare of the beagle cared for by Envigo has resulted in unnecessary suffering and, in some cases, death to the animals,” said Chris Kavanaugh, US attorney for Western Virginia. that company.
“Envigo has not taken the necessary steps to provide humane care and treatment to all beagles at its facility and to ensure that the Cumberland facility is operating in accordance with the AWA.”
According to the complaint, the facility has been raising up to 5,000 beagle since July 2021.
“Instead of spending money to meet minimum standards … Envigo employs a small number of employees, euthanizes beagle, or causes beagle to die of malnutrition, a treatable and preventable condition, and allows beagle to be housed in overcrowded environments and injure themselves. allowed to wear “An enclosure containing unsanitary or incompatible animals,” the complaint said.
Virginia-based animal rights group Peta filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in October of infiltrating the investigation.
Daphna Nachminovitch, Senior Vice President of Nachminovitch, said in a statement, “Peta suffers this every time she starts working with something like Envigo, and this should be the beginning of the end of this terrible beagle breeding plant.”
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