Envigo’s accreditation should be yanked, recommends watchdog

Published 4:36 pm Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Envigo dog breeding facility in Cumberland, already at the center of a major scandal for hundreds of illegal animal deaths, is now the subject of a call to revoke the breeder’s national accreditation by a national research watchdog.

Dual U.S. Dept. of Agriculture inspection reports from July 20 of this year for the Virginia dog breeding facility resulted in seven direct, three critical and eight non-critical violations, all of which are extremely serious, said SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!), a non-profit, Ohio-based non-governmental watchdog that monitors US research facilities for illegal behavior.

After the USDA inspection recorded 18 total code section violations discussing more than 1,700 dogs, including hundreds of puppies, SAEN is now urging AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) to yank Envigo’s national accreditation.

Veterinary records for the dead puppies did not even disclose a cause of death, a release from SAEN stated. The USDA inspection also noted more than 150 puppies were found “autolyzed.”

SAEN explained this means that the deceased puppies were not noticed until they had begun to decompose.

“The Envigo Global Services Inc. (Cumberland, Virginia) could not possibly be further out of compliance with AAALAC standards,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s executive director, in a letter to AAALAC CEO Kathryn A. Bayne.

Budkie added, “It almost appears as though the goal of the staff of this lab/breeder facility was to intentionally violate AAALAC standards as often as they possibly could. If so, they have succeeded admirably.”

SAEN’s AAALAC letter is posted at: https://saenonline.org/news-media-news-2021/Envigo-AAALAC-Accreditation-Revocation-Letter-12-13-21.html

The inspection discusses many seriously ill animals who went untreated, noting dog enclosures are damaged and feed is riddled with insects.

An excerpt from a report states “Records show that during the time frame January 1, 2021 to July 22, 2021, 71 dogs were injured when a body part (such as an ear or tail) was pulled through the wall of the kennel by a dog in an adjacent kennel and bitten. The exact injury varied in each case, however substantial or minor, the dogs were subsequently euthanized.”