Government, ENVGIO granted more time to create plan to transfer dogs
LYNCHBURG, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- More time has been granted to come up with a plan regarding thousands of dogs that are currently in the care of a Cumberland County facility.
On Wednesday, Judge Norman Moon granted a federal request asking to extend a deadline for the government and ENVIGO.
The plan will address transferring more than 3,000 beagles out of ENVIGO’s facility in Cumberland County, which ENVIGO’s parent company, Inotiv, has already announced will be closing.
The facility, which breeds animals like beagles for experimentation, has come under fire for dozens of animal welfare violation allegations.
The original deadline for the transfer plan was Wednesday.
Now the government and the company have until 5 p.m. Friday to submit a plan.
Earlier this month, Moon ruled ENVIGO could sell about 500 dogs in order to fulfill the requirements of existing business contracts, but it would not be allowed to accept any new contracts.
This week, several state lawmakers called on federal officials to suspend all of ENVIGO’s licenses.
There have also been numerous calls to have ENVIGO put all of the beagles up for adoption.