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Fate of Envigo dog breeding facility could be decided Monday



Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Animal Welfare Operations, USDA-APHIS
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Envigo RMS LLC for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence allowed hundreds of puppies to die without discovering a cause of death. Many of the puppies bodies could not be examined by a veterinarian because they had begun to decompose. Adult dogs were injured in fights due to faulty enclosures. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Envigo's Breeder license must be revoked and this company must also receive the maximum fine allowable under the Animal Welfare Act $10,000 per infraction/per animal.


Fate of Envigo dog breeding facility could be decided Monday

From Ben Dennis,, June 11, 2022

After a federal judge ordered the Envigo facility temporarily halt the breeding of beagles, the same judge could decide the operation’s fate on Monday, though already marred with allegations of improper care of canines.

Hon. Norman Moon of Virginia’s Western District Federal Court issued a temporary restraining order on the facility in late May after a recent federal inspection. “The Government has provided sufficient evidence that Envigo is engaged in serious and ongoing violations of the Animal Welfare Act,” Moon stated.

It remains unknown if Envigo complied with the judge’s temporary restraining order. A statement shared to 8News Friday by a facility spokesperson said, “The highest quality of animal welfare is a core value of our company and central to our business…” “Consistent with company policy, we are fully cooperating with DOJ and other involved authorities. As these are ongoing matters, Envigo will not provide further comment.”

Michael Budkie with the animal welfare group ‘Stop Animal Exploitation Now’ said “if they [Envigo] were actually committed to the humane treatment of animals or professional standards or anything remotely like that, then this restraining order wouldn’t exist. They wouldn’t have all these violations.“

“Closing Envigo down because that’s what should happen,” he added.

Several inspections from the US Department of Agriculture cited problems with the treatment of animals within, including dogs housed in excessive heat, kept away from food and living with decaying teeth.

The statement from Envigo did acknowledge the recent inspections, but not the concerning details they found.

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