Historic Ruling: Dog Breeding Company Fined $35 Million

The US Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced last Monday the largest fine ever under the Animal Welfare Act, imposed on a US dog breeding facility in Virginia.

According to “ABC News,” authorities imposed a $35 million fine on “Envigo,” which received about 4,000 Beagle dogs in 2022 for research purposes. However, the facility’s employees failed to meet the minimum standards for the animals’ health treatment.

David M. Uhlmann, deputy director of the Environmental Protection Agency, said: “Envigo doubled down on its animal care crimes by committing egregious violations of the Clean Water Act, which undermined public health and the welfare of the animals under its care.”

He added: “The victims of this animal welfare case – workers, dogs, environment, and community – deserve better… and Envigo deserves to pay every dollar of the fine.”

According to American newspapers, the company has now been shut down for failing to provide adequate veterinary care for the animals at its facility and failing to meet appropriate housing, food, and sanitation requirements.

The parent company will now pay $35 million and will be subject to compliance monitoring and increased operational standards, according to a press release from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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