NC lab halts work after PETA video, animals to be released need forever homes, please help if you are able
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
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 (please note, there are two shelters that may be potentially taking some of these animals, one in NC: Charlotte, Wake SPCA, Guilford; one in NJ: Carteret Co) :
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.
The animals still in need of placement are:
- Beagles (Female): 16
- Beagles (Male) :56
- Catahoula (Male): 1
- Hound Cross (Female): 4
- Hound Cross (Male): 1
- Lab/Pit Mix (Male): 1
- Basset Beagle Cross (Male): 1
- Lab/Jack Rissell Cross (female): 1
- Cats: 49
From The Washington Post
By Mike Baker
A North Carolina lab has stopped doing research and is surrendering all of its animals a week after an undercover video showed what activists allege were workers cruelly treating dogs, cats and rabbits, federal regulators said Wednesday.
U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman Dave Sacks said officials are trying to find new homes for more than 200 animals that were at Professional Laboratory and Research Services Inc. He said it was the company’s decision to give them up and stop research. The USDA inspected the site this week and has started a formal investigation.
The developments come after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a video of conditions at the lab. PETA contends that workers violently handled the animals and violated laws.
“I think it’s imperative that all the animals go to good homes,” said Kathy Guillermo, vice president of laboratory investigations at PETA. “They’ve suffered enough. This is a chance for them to know for the first time in their lives some joy and some peace.”
The company’s phone number at the lab in Corapeake, near the Virginia border, was disconnected Wednesday. Company president Helen Sonenshine did not immediately return a call seeking comment but previously said she was disgusted and appalled by the video.
The lab was hired by pharmaceutical firms to test animal care products such as flea preventatives. USDA inspection reports show no sign of violations before the PETA video.
One scene of the video, according to PETA’s account, shows an employee purposely letting a cat grasp a fence with its claw before yanking it in an apparent attempt to rip off its nails.
Another clip shows workers trying to remove a tooth from a dog while acknowledging that the sedation drug expired years ago and may not be working. PETA contends that workers also sprayed the animals with harsh chemicals, lifted rabbits by their ears and puppies by their throats, and violently threw cats into their cages.
PETA referred videos, photos and a narrative to the local prosecutor, who said he is reviewing the matter.
Statement From PETA
Investigation Victory: Just one week after PETA released the results of its shocking undercover investigation of North Carolina-based contract animal testing facility Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS) and filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), PLRS is surrendering nearly 200 dogs and dozens of cats and shutting its doors for good. This is a monumental victory and the first time that a laboratory has been forced to surrender animals and close under pressure on the heels of a PETA investigation and while facing a formal USDA investigation.