CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Envigo, the company behind the medical dog breeding facility under fire by federal investigators, announced its Cumberland County facility will close. The announcement came late Monday night, just hours after the company’s legal team expressed willingness to ‘wind down’ operations according to a federal court filing.
“The required investments to improve the facility and the lead time to achieve these improvements have recently increased. As a result, we have decided we will not be investing further in this facility, and it will be closed,” according to an online statement from Inotiv, which brands itself as a provider of “nonclinical and analytical drug discovery and development services.”
The news comes after a federal judge slapped a temporary restraining order on Envigo in late May after Inspections found dogs malnourished, sick, injured and kept in excessive heat.
Since initial complaints, hundreds of dogs have been turned over.
The conditions at Envigo’s facility prompted responses from several legislators and inspired “Beagle Bills” intended to protect animals in breeding facilities, five of which were signed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin in April.
But what about the future of the dogs at Envigo?
Dan Paden, PETA’s associate director of evidence analysis said, “My hope is that all of those animals are made available for adoption. Not a single one more is sent off to a laboratory.”
Paden, and an official news release from PETA made before the closure announcement, stated they believe it would be in bad taste for Envigo to sell the dogs for profit, given the extreme federal violations found on site.
“They want to try to ring every last penny they can from those dogs and from those buildings before they eventually close it down,” Paden said.
Envigo’s intentions for the dogs, and their assets were not immediately detailed. The company’s statement said, “We will implement an orderly closure plan.”
An Envigo spokesperson told 8News that no one was available to immediately answer follow-up questions after their announcement Monday night.