Prince, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have a new member of the family — a 7-year-old beagle named Mama Mia that was rescued from a Virginia facility that was found to have left dogs to “unnecessary suffering and, at times, death.”
Mama Mia was among more than 4,000 beagles removed from Envigo RMS LLC’s facility in Cumberland, Virginia, earlier this year. In May, federal officials said the facility, which breeds dogs to be sold to laboratories for animal testing, according to the Humane Society, maintained conditions that the government called the standards of the Animal Welfare Act’s minimum standards.
“Envigo is failing to meet the minimum standards for handling and housing the beagles, resulting in the unnecessary suffering and, at times, death of beagles at the Cumberland Facility,” a federal complaint against the facility says.
The complaint detailed beagles with severe dental disease, bones that were “extremely prominent,” and oozing infections. During a USDA inspection in 2021, officials found that 85 nursing dogs and nearly 500 puppies were being fed food that was “wet, caked, and/or moldy” and in some cases, food with “large numbers of live maggots.”
Hundreds of puppies were found dead at the facility, and federal officials also found that many were not given anesthesia before being euthanized with an intra-cardiac injection — a procedure that can be “painful, stressful and uncomfortable,” according to the…