WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – A subsidiary of West Lafayette-based Inotiv Inc. (Nasdaq: NOTV) has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the company announced Monday. The settlement involves an investigation into a Virginia dog breeding facility operated by Indianapolis-based Envigo RMS, which has been accused of violating animal welfare laws.
Envigo breeds and sells animals used in laboratory tests.
Federal officials filed the lawsuit in May after inspections of the Cumberland, Va. facility found hundreds of dead dogs, as well as live dogs housed in filthy conditions that had received inadequate medical care. and insufficient food.
Inspectors also discovered that some dogs had been euthanized without first being anesthetized. Authorities have seized at least 145 beagles found in “acute distress”.
Last month, Inotiv announced the closure of two Envigo locations in Virginia, including the one in Cumberland. The company said the move was part of a restructuring effort that followed its acquisition of Envigo for $545 million last November.
As part of the settlement, Envigo agreed to no longer engage in any activity at the facility that requires an Animal Welfare Act license. Additionally, the company will turn over the remaining 4,000 beagles from the facility to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Inotiv says the settlement, which was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on July 15, does not require Envigo to pay penalty fines. Additionally, the company says the settlement is “not an admission of liability or wrongdoing by Envigo with respect to its past operation of the Cumberland facility.”
The court also approved a plan between the DOJ and HSUS to coordinate the removal of the remaining beagles from the facility over the next 60 days.
Inotiv says the settlement requires the DOJ and USDA to dismiss all civil and administrative complaints with prejudice seven days after all remaining dogs are removed from the facility.
“This settlement ends the unnecessary suffering caused by Envigo’s flagrant violations of animal welfare laws at this facility,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division. Justice in written remarks. “We will continue to vigorously enforce animal welfare laws to ensure animals receive the humane care they are legally due and deserve.”
Inotiv is currently facing a shareholder lawsuit that alleges the company failed to promptly disclose information about animal welfare issues at the Cumberland facility, our IBJ partners reported earlier this month. -this.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.