RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials have charged a company that runs a Virginia facility…
Cumberland County residents want an investigation into a facility that houses dogs for research. It is after an investigation by 8News Tuesday revealed a concerning federal inspection of the place from 2017.
Taneijha Hampton says she was really disturbed by some of the videos and pictures from inside the Envigo breeding facility in his hometown of Cumberland.
“It was pretty disgusting. I have a pet myself to let them lay on their poop. I don’t see how people do that,” she said.
The inspection found dogs confined in rusty and broken metal cages. Many dogs were surrounded by their excrement. Cumberland resident Carol Lewis told us she couldn’t stand it either.
“It’s just disheartening to see animals crammed into cages like that,” Lewis says.
Video and images are from a 2017 USDA inspection report obtained by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The report which was shared with 8News revealed that sick and injured dogs lacked veterinary care.
One dog, in particular, had an orange-sized lump on his mammary glands.
“It was really shocking to see. Really, unbearable to see,” Hampton said.
8News also discovered that many Cumberland residents had no idea Envigo kennels were in the county. And it’s easy to see why. The main entrance is indescribable. There are no signs and the facility is tucked away deep in the woods.
Federal inspectors visited the facility over the summer after drone video emerged thousands of dogs howling and moaning gone viral. Inspectors found no problems inside.
Still, that doesn’t calm PETA’s worries or the concerns of some Cumberland residents.
“We think Cumberland County has a huge role to play here,” Dr. Alka Chandna, PETA’s vice president of laboratory investigations, told 8News.
PETA launched an online campaign and asked the Cumberland County Administrator to investigate. 8News visited her, but she said she had just returned to work three weeks ago.
Acting County Administrator Jennifer Crews told us she didn’t yet feel comfortable commenting on something she didn’t know about. Hampton and Lewis told 8News they hope county leaders will look into the matter.
“I wish they would, you know, as soon as possible,” Lewis said.
8News will check with the county administrator. Envigo told 8News that the most recent inspection report from a few months ago showed no issues with the installation. They also tell us that they take a humane and compassionate approach to the highest professional standards.