Dog breeding

Envigo dog breeding facility to close after PETA exposure

Update (July 22, 2022): Senior United States District Court Judge Norman K. Moon said definitely banned Envigo for “any activity requiring [a federal Animal Welfare Act] Licence” at the company’s Cumberland Beagle Breeding Facility and Laboratory, including the breeding and breeding of dogs for sale and animal experimentation. Envigo’s parent company, Inotiv, announced in June that it would close the facility.

Please continue to raise your voice for the dogs who suffered and died in this prison-like facility. Demand that the US Department of Agriculture finally suspend the company’s operating license, preventing more animals from suffering the same fate!

Originally published June 21, 2022:

Through our groundbreaking undercover investigation that ended the neglect, intense confinement, suffering and death at Envigo’s massive beagle breeding facility in Cumberland, Virginia, PETA helped trigger a historic domino effect that paved the way for the closure of the canine prison.

Within months, our 2021 expose was followed by the execution of a search warrant that resulted in a law enforcement arrest. seizure of nearly 450 dogs and puppies “in acute distress” federal citations for dozens of violations of animal welfare laws, and a legal battle with the Department of Justice (DOJ). No more dogs will be bred and born on this beagle factory farmbut we’re not popping champagne corks yet – Envigo’s $330m parent company, Inotiv, is battling to profit from more than 500 beagles still imprisoned at the site by resell them to laboratories.

Keep reading to see how the operation fell apart.

  • In 2021, a PETA eyewitness investigation documented shocking abuse and neglect of dogs and puppies at an Envigo factory beagle farm – workers deliberately starved nursing mothers, workers without veterinary credentials cut puppies in the abdomen of sedated dogs before euthanizing mothers, and more. During the investigation, our witness discovered more than 360 dead puppies among their living littermates and mothers. Some puppies had been inadvertently crushed to death by their mothers inside the cramped cages, while others suffered from hydrocephalus (in which fluid builds up inside the skull and puts pressure on the brain), were gutted or had no simply could not survive the harsh conditions.
  • In February 2022, Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and six other Reps sent an urgent letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), urging the agency to confiscate dogs from Envigo. or suspend the establishment’s license. Then, in March 2022, the senses. Americans Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) sent an additional letter calling on APHIS to immediately suspend the license of the installation due to “persistent and flagrant violations of the AWA.”
  • In October 2021, PETA filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture, prompting the agency to conduct at least two multi-day inspections of the facility. They found that dogs with oozing sores on their paws and other painful conditions have been denied veterinary care, puppies died after falling into sewer, and more. In a single 10-month period, the institution racked up citations for more than 70 offenses of the Federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
  • In May 2022, a federal search warrant led law enforcement to seize in the establishment nearly 450 dogs and puppies found in “acute distress”. Federal agents found beagles with untreated injuries and severe dental disease. The dogs were deprived of adequate food and water, trapped in cage floors and bars, and kept in “harsh conditions”.

Many dogs “suffered from serious dental conditions including gingivitis, premature gum recession, and infections,” likely due to “poor nutrition and/or the inability” to provide them with adequate dental care.

usda inspection of envigo installation

This female beagle’s ear was infected and ragged, and many other dogs had recent or old wounds on her ear.

usda inspection of envigo installation

The pens were very crowded, with many holding four or more beagles and some holding up to 10.

  • In June 2022, the DOJ found “serious and continuing violations of the AWA” during a compliance check, including heavily cluttered enclosures and temperatures reaching 90 degrees inside the establishment.
GM inspection of Envigo facility

Some enclosures contained food bowls with kibble, but the bowls could be turned over by the dogs, “exposing the food to feces on the mats”.

  • When Envigo’s parent company, Inotiv, announced it would close the Cumberland breeding facility, the DOJ offered Envigo a plan to place the dogs up for adoption. But instead of giving all of the dogs in its facility a chance to be adopted into a loving home, the company argued it should be allowed to ‘fulfill orders’ and ‘operate its business’ by sell the dogs to labs, even though it has already put them through hell.
  • Jhe US Department of Justice (DOJ) found that Envigo intended to sell more than 2,200 beagles between June 24 and July 2023, in stark contrast to the company’s June 13 representations to the senior judge. of U.S. District Court Norman K. Moon that she wanted to sell “more than 500 dogs in the next 30 days. Envigo wanted to sell more than 1,200 beagles to customers overseas after pointing out to Moon that her facility was playing a important role in the United States. domestic the beagle breeding industry for experimentation.
  • On June 27, 2022, Judge Moon refuse Envigo’s motion for court consent to proceed with the sale of 2,200 dogs through 2023, contrary to the company’s June 13 claims that it was seeking to sell “over 500 dogs” within 30 days . Judge Moon order bed, “Court injunction…allows sale of animals only under pre-existing contracts with delivery dates within 30 days of preliminary injunction order.” The move properly thwarted Envigo’s shady attempts to “extend operations” and sell as many dogs as possible, although he has already admitted he cannot comply with the law’s pitiful minimum requirements on animal protection.
  • In July 2022, Judge Moon refuse of the company second trial obtain permission to perform a sister entitycontracts for approximately 2,100 beagles. The DOJ and Envigo have submitted a plan to remove “all” about 4,000 surviving dogs from Envigo’s facility in Cumberland, Va., so they can be adopted.
  • Judge Moon later approved the US Department of Justice and Envigo’s joint plan to remove approximately 4,000 surviving dogs from the Cumberland, Va., facility so that they can all be adopted.

Tell the USDA to stop more dogs from suffering

Please continue to raise your voice for the dogs who suffered and died in this prison-like facility. Demand that the US Department of Agriculture finally suspend the company’s operating license, preventing more animals from suffering the same fate!