CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) — Federal court is taking action against a Cumberland County dog-breeding facility accused of abusing beagles used for research. If successful, this could bring changes to Envigo sooner than many thought.
“They filed a TRO – temporary restraining order – in May that prohibited, as I understand it, the breeding or sale of animals,” 58th District Delegate Rob Bell said Monday, June 13.
Of the. Bell was already pushing for changes with House Bill 1350, which has already been passed unanimously by the General Assembly.
“They would have to abide by the same rules under animal welfare law as breeders for pet stores,” Bell said.
This bill was signed into law in April, but it is not expected to come into force for a few years.
“It’s still a long way off, and if the federal officials are able to take care of things by then, more power for them. It’s great,” Del said. Bell.
A federal court in Charlottesville held a hearing Monday to discuss an injunction that would require Envigo to cooperate now with animal protection law.
“This would include things like making sure clean water is available, making sure every dog or puppy has a minimum amount of floor space, all in accordance with other laws or regulations,” he said. Bell.
Of the. Bell says this injunction takes a different path than he and the state have done.
“Federal laws, of course, apply nationwide, and so they say there may also be state actions coming up, but we don’t have to wait for those- these occur. We are seeing violations right now,” Bell said.
Envigo dogs are available for adoption. Bell says you can call 540-721-6028.
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