ENVIGO to sell hundreds of dogs despite company shut down
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- U.S. District Judge Norman Moon issued a preliminary injunction on the dog breeding facility ENVIGO last Friday, effectively putting it out of business.
As the company prepares to shut down, the federal court ruling will allow the facility to sell hundreds of its animals still in its care.
"I don't know where these 500 dogs are heading but it's only to misery," PETA's Vice President of Evidence Analysis Dan Paden said.
He says since the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not moved to revoke ENVIGO's license, dogs will be sold to research facilities over the next 30 days.
"Experimenters have drilled holes into their skulls in order to inject experimental chemicals into their brains. They have burned puppies’ eyes by applying caustic chemicals directly to the globes of their eyes, then kill the animals and remove the eyes and study the effects of those chemicals on their eye issue," Paden said.
Paden says more than 3,000 dogs are currently at the Cumberland County facility. He says there's been a push to have these beagles made available for adoption.
"To forgo a few thousand dollars they hope to make off these animals, given their a $330-million company, they don't need this money," he said. "This is pure greed they're doing this for."
Moon has ordered the U.S. Department of Justice and ENVIGO to return to the district court in Lynchburg on Wednesday with a plan for all of the remaining dogs.
In the new order, Moon says ENVIGO is not off the hook despite being able to finish its contracts. The preliminary injunction orders the company to make a host of changes in how it cares for its remaining dogs.
Moon also noted the federal law governing the humane treatment of animals allows for civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.
ENVIGO did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.