For immediate release:
June 1, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Lynchburg, Virginia. – A joint petition just filed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Envigo RMS LLC in the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Lynchburg Division, reveals that Envigo returned 446 beagles found in ‘acute distress’ and seized last month by the DOJ and other law enforcement officers under a search warrant.

“These docile and long-neglected dogs will be spared untold suffering in cruel and deadly experiences, and they can leave behind Envigo’s relentless stress, stifling sheds, sterile cages, and chronic deprivation of their basic needs.” said PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. . “PETA is celebrating a new beginning for these dogs and what we hope will be an end to Envigo’s horrible hell on Earth for thousands of dogs.”

After Envigo was cited for more than 70 violations of federal animal welfare law since July 2021, the DOJ filed a lawsuit on May 19, asking a federal court to permanently bar the company from violating the law. On May 21, Senior United States District Court Judge Norman K. Moon issued a temporary restraining order and ordered that Envigo “[i]immediately cease the breeding, sale or trade of beagles at the Cumberland facility, until they are in full compliance with the [the order’s other requirements].”

Today’s joint filing by the DOJ and Envigo says the two are “working diligently to develop a plan to resolve” the case. A hearing on a preliminary injunction in that case was scheduled for June 2. The parties asked the court to continue this hearing until approximately June 13.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, “animals are not ours to experiment with”—conducted a seven months undercover investigation in Envigo, which revealed more than 360 dead puppies. Workers without veterinary degrees stuck needles into puppies’ heads, apparently to drain bruises, with no pain relief; injected euthanasia drugs directly into the hearts of puppies without sedation, causing them immense pain; intentionally withholding food from hungry nursing female dogs and their puppies; and sprayed dogs, including puppies, with cold water from high-pressure hoses, among other forms of abuse. A broadcast-quality video of PETA’s investigation is available here, and photographs of the investigation are available here.

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