Professional Laboratory and Research Services (PLRS) Protest Information …
UPDATE | July 6, 2011, PETA: Lab Workers Indicted On Felony Cruelty Charges
In a landmark move, a North Carolina grand jury has returned indictments for 14 counts of felony cruelty-to-animals against four individuals, including a supervisor, who worked at Professional Laboratory Research Services (PLRS), which was investigated by PETA last fall. This marks the first time in U.S. history that laboratory workers have faced felony cruelty charges for their abuse of animals in a laboratory and only the second time that experimenters have faced criminal prosecution for cruelty (the first stemmed from PETA’s first undercover investigation, the groundbreaking 1981 Silver Spring monkeys case).
Mary Ramsey—who had been employed as a PLRS supervisor—and Jessica Detty were each indicted on five counts, while Christine Clement and Tracy Small were each indicted on two counts. The accused are among those caught on video kicking, throwing, and dragging dogs; hoisting rabbits by their ears and puppies by their throats; violently slamming cats into cages; and screaming obscenities at terrified animals. One of those named is the worker seen on video trying to rip out a cat’s claws by violently pulling the animal from the fence onto which he or she clung in fear.
The state charges follow extensive citations, by federal officials for serious violations of animal welfare laws, the lab’s closure, and the surrender of nearly 200 dogs and more than 50 cats just a week after we released our findings. We’ll keep you updated on the criminal case as it progresses.
Written by Alisa Mullins, Posted by PETA
UPDATE, September 17, 2010
Thank you to Jennifer for this updated information.
All animals (253) from the research Center in NC have been rescued by shelters and rescue groups.
If you want to adopt, you can inquire with:
Cateret Co. NC: 252-247-7744
Guilford Co. NC: 336-297-5020
Norfolk, VA: 757-622-3319
VA Beach: 757-427-0070
Please only call the shelters if you are willing to drive there and adopt. THANKS for your help everybody! We did it. Lucy
UPDATE, September 15, 2010: NC lab halts work after PETA video, animals to be released need forever homes, please help if you are able
Thank you so much to Shannon and Jessica for this information, please see below for articles and complaint filed by PETA with USDA.
These animals need to be adopted from PLRS Lab in North Carolina, and the cats in particular are looking for forever homes. If you are able to open your home, please contact Cathy with Animal Welfare Institute Online , email address below, or if you are a nearby shelter who can take some of the animals:
From Cathy, AWIO:
She said the animals will actually be going to shelters first and won’t be directly adopted.
What she needs most right now is to be contacted by any shelters in NC or VA (or neighboring states) that would be willing to take some of the animals! Any shelters that are willing to help should call or email her:
She also said if people are interested in adopting any of the animals (especially people in NC or VA), she needs them to email her this information at:
- Phone Number
- What animal(s) or types of animals they’re interested in adopting.
If she knows what areas people have people willing to adopt one of the animals, she may be able to get the shelters to take 1 or 2 more of them.
Once she has shelters to take all the animals she will send out emails to those who emailed her letting them know where to go.
Please read previous stories and take appropriate actions:
- Undercover Investigation Documents Misery for Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits, please send one automatic message
- Please sign HERE
- And please sign HERE
- Investigator’s Notebook HERE
- Pictures documenting some of the abuse HERE
Protest information courtesy of PETA as commented HERE
PETA: PROTEST THIS THURSDAY AT PLRS LAB!
Thank you so much for everything that you do to advocate for animals, and thanks especially for your recent efforts to help animals imprisoned at PLRS.
I wanted to let you know the latest on the campaign.
As you know, the online petition targets the companies that have used PLRS in the past (and some were using PLRS during the time of our investigation). We would like these companies to permanently sever all ties with PLRS, so if a company responds to an individual by saying that they haven’t used PLRS recently (as Merial did), we need to push them to pledge that they will never use PLRS in the future. Right now, that petition has more than 35,000 signatures, which is pretty phenomenal for 5 days. For people who want to do more, we’re encouraging people to phone the companies and push the point that they need to permanently sever all ties with PLRS. I’ve included the telephone numbers of the companies below.
We are organizing a demonstration outside PLRS:
Thursday, September 16th
12:00 Noon (EST)
1251 NC Highway 32
North, Corapeake, NC
I’ll send more details on parking, etc. when they’re ready, but for now, we have the time and date. We’ll have posters, etc., and people only need bring their lovely compassionate selves! It would be great if you could make it out to the demo, Sharon, and wonderful if you could also spread the word to people you know.
Here are the phone numbers for the companies that have contracted with PLRS:
- Elanco/Eli Lilly: 317-276-2000
- Pfizer: 212-733-2323
- Happy Jack: 252-747-2911
- Heska Corp: 970-493-7272
- Intervet/Schering-Plough: 908-423-1000
- Novartis: 862-778-8300
- Wellmark (Zodiac): 925-948-4000
- Virbac Animal Health: 817-831-5030
- Sergeant’s Pet Care Products: 402-938-7039
- Merial: 678-638-3000
- Bayer: 412-777-2000
And here is the information for Frank Parrish’s office (he’s the District Attorney for the area in NC where the laboratory is located):
202 East Colonial Avenue
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
PETA Investigation Reveals That Animals Used in Pet-Product Tests Were Physically Abused, Neglected, and Tormented
For Immediate Release:
September 8, 2010
Contact Kathy Guillermo 757-622-7382
Corapeake, N.C. — A PETA undercover investigation has documented widespread abuse and systemic neglect of cats, dogs, and rabbits at Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS). The Corapeake-based laboratory tests flea and tick preventatives and other animal-companion products for Sergeant’s, Bayer, Eli Lilly, Merck, Schering-Plough, Pfizer, Novartis, and Merial, the makers of Frontline. PETA’s video footage reveals that PLRS employees kicked, threw, and dragged dogs; lifted rabbits by their ears and puppies by their throats; violently slammed cats into cages; and screamed obscenities at animals, calling them “asshole” and “motherf—er.” Staff left dogs in enclosures that were being pressure-hosed–leaving the animals soaked through in a mixture of water and harsh chemicals, such as bleach. In an intentional effort to rip out their claws, cats were pulled violently from the fence wire onto which they clung in fear. PETA has filed formal complaints with federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and has submitted evidence to the local prosecutor’s office.
PETA’s investigator also witnessed the following:
* Clementine–a Dalmatian whose limbs were covered in raw, oozing wet sores–was denied veterinary care for months. The lab purchased her in 2003 from a notorious animal dealer that was later shut down by federal agents.
* A test chemical for a company whose flea-control products are on shelves nationwide was applied to the necks of 57 cats. Despite severe adverse reactions–including seizures and bleeding from the nose and mouth–the cats were exposed to the chemical for a second time that very same day.
* Although a non-animal test method has been available for at least 14 years, as many as 2,000 ticks were spread onto the shaved backs of rabbits in order to “grow” the ticks. Rabbits were also used as crude “feeding” colonies for thousands of mosquitoes; the rabbits were forcibly held down while the insects bit them and sucked their blood.
* In order to save money on costs, PLRS killed nearly 100 dogs, cats, and rabbits over a two-week span.
Cruelty Inside Product Testing Lab
For the dogs, cats, and rabbits inside Professional Laboratory and Research Services (PLRS), the cruel poisoning tests were only part of the abuse.
Workers kicked, dragged, and cursed at dogs and violently slammed cats into cages.
Dogs were deliberately kept infested with worms for months at a time even when no tests required it.
PETA’s investigator was instructed not to report numerous dogs’ red, raw sores to the lab’s veterinarian—who only visited the laboratory once a week. Bloody diarrhea, skin conditions, worm infestations, oozing sores, abscessed teeth, and pus- and blood-filled infections on ears went untreated or were ineffectively handled by workers who had no veterinary training or credentials.
PLRS operated a side business raising and selling ticks and attached thousands of ticks onto rabbits’ shaved bodies to allow the ticks to gorge for five days. Many rabbits were subjected to this twice and were then killed. Non-animal methods for raising ticks have been available since the mid-’90s. Other rabbits were held over thousands of mosquitoes, who fed on the animals and sucked blood from their shaved backs for 15 minutes a day for up to five days.
Workers cleaned the bottoms of rabbit cage floors by vigorously shaking the cages up and down—with the rabbits still inside. According to what PETA’s investigator was told, this caused at least two rabbits’ feet to be completely severed. The investigator asked her supervisor if the employee was disciplined for dismembering a rabbit and was told, “No, but don’t clock in late, then you will get in trouble.”
A supervisor who killed rabbits by injecting a solution into their hearts admitted, “I’m not really … good at this.”
A supervisor pulled a tooth from a dog who had been inadequately sedated with an expired drug. As the supervisor yanked at the tooth, the dog kicked and shook.
Dogs were so traumatized from living locked up for months—and sometimes years—without affection, enrichment, companionship, exercise, or even an occasional kind word, they circled and paced continuously.