Almost two weeks ago, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a disturbing video taken by an undercover agent at Professional Laboratory and Research Services located in North Carolina. Shown on the video were deliberate acts of kicking, throwing and dropping dogs, picking rabbits up by their ears, throwing cats and pouring bleach on a dog’s face. A beagle was shown cowering in the back of his cage as an attendant approached who then cruelly grabbed the animal by his neck. Another attendant was shown deliberately taunting a cat and allowing the animal to grab the wires of a cage, and then intentionally pulled the cat away to rip off the cat’s nails. President of the facility, Helen Sonenshine confirmed the videos were taken at her facility.
In a statement Sonenshine said, “I am disgusted. I am appalled. This is not what we’re about. We’re about the health of the animals.”
PETA made formal complaints to federal and state agencies, and the USDA who is currently conducting a formal investigation. Since then the lab voluntarily ceased research operations and agreed to surrender all of the animals.Many of the animals were suffering from parasites, worms, ear infections, and infected paw pads.
In a hurried attempt to safely move all of the animals, Animal Welfare Institute, Humane Society of the United States, and dozens of animal shelters and rescues volunteered to place all of the rescued animals.
In a news release from the Animal Welfare Institute, Cathy Liss stated, “We applaud the dedicated efforts of animal welfare and advocates who stepped up to take in these animals, and hope that the exposure of this situation will underscore the need for stricter enforcement to protect animals in research facilities.”
There were 200 dogs and 54 cats sent to dozens of animal shelters and rescues. Yesterday at Palm Beach International Airport, Cloud Nine Rescue Flights and volunteer Ted Dupuis delivered 16 rescued beagles. “If you can think of any ways you would not want to treat a pet, that is how these animals were treated.” None of the dogs have ever seen grass before, were forced to live in cages their entire lives and arrived looking very scared. In Dog We Trust, Wellington will be working with the special needs animals in socialization and training.
The dogs and cats have been sent to rescues located in rescues and animal shelters from New Jersey to Florida.
PETA video can be viewed at http://bit.ly/cCi2GW Please be warned the video is very graphic and the language may not be appropriate for all age groups.