CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – The embattled Virginia dog-breeding facility that earlier this year was ordered to stop selling dogs avoided further censure on Monday, as a judge The federal government ordered the company and the U.S. attorney to agree to relocate the beagles held there.
Envigo has been the subject of intense scrutiny since its inception reported for the first time in November 2021 that the facility kept dogs in filthy and unsafe conditions, leading to a federal investigation that uncovered a number of potential animal welfare law violations.
In court today, the United States sought an injunction that would have forced Envigo to improve the conditions of the facility within seven days and prevented them from selling beagles until they complied with court orders previous ones.
“Envigo should not profit from these animals as long as they break the law,” a US attorney said.
The injunction request also includes allegations that animal welfare law violations have continued since the court ordered Envigo to cease breeding in late May.
The proposed injunction would still have allowed Envigo to put the beagles up for adoption or turn them over to nonprofits, but Envigo representatives said they wanted to continue selling the dogs to fulfill pre-existing contracts. , arguing that this would be the fastest way. take the dogs out of the establishment.
Envigo, they said, “has repeatedly expressed to US counsel its willingness to close its Cumberland, Va. facility” once the dogs are no longer held there.
“Allow Envigo to remove dogs from the facility by fulfilling existing contractual commitments,” they wrote. “Would enable Envigo to transfer over 500 dogs to new homes in the next 30 days.”