LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Around 4,000 dogs currently housed at an Envigo breeding facility will be transferred to shelters where they can be adopted.
This is according to court records filed Tuesday, July 5 in the civil enforcement action the federal government filed against Envigo RMS in May.
The company breeds beagles for medical research at the facility in Cumberland, Va.
Federal officials have accused the company of a series of animal welfare violations, and the company had previously said it would close the facility.
The removal plans call for the Humane Society of the United States to transfer the dogs to other shelters where they can be adopted.
The Lynchburg Humane Society will be one of those shelters.
"We have committed to welcoming as many of these pups as we can to our Center for Pets here in Lynchburg! We aren’t sure about the numbers or details on arrival yet but we will keep you updated," the Lynchburg Humane Society wrote in a Facebook post.
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