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Why Didn’t Anyone Call the Authorities?

At 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning, four League employees set off in two of our vans to pick up animals from a North Carolina research lab that is under investigation by the USDA.  They didn’t return until 10:30 p.m. but they brought back 10 cats and 20 dogs—beagles, terriers, mixed shepherds, and basset hound mixes—all laboratory test animals.

The cruelty at the lab was uncovered by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  They placed an undercover employee there, and it was her testimony that convinced Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. to surrender the animals.

Beagle from the lab

Click on the photo to watch the undercover video PETA took, but be forewarned: it is not easy to watch!

Descriptions of the experiments carried out on these innocent animals are the stuff of nightmares…literally.  Any caring, compassionate person would lose sleep thinking about what was done to them. Truly the worst humanity (and I use that term loosely) has to offer.

Over and over again, people who learn about the plight of these animals ask me, “Why didn’t anyone call the authorities so they could put a stop to the abuse?”

The answer is simple.  The abuse is legal.  It happens every day all across America.  The canine and feline refugees we just took in are not anomalies.  We have 30 of them, and they’re safe now.  But how many more still linger and suffer unspeakably in labs throughout the US?

Our mission statement, which we take very seriously, directs us to “rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome” animals who have nowhere else to go. These animals are now rescued. Their rehabilitation has started but is bound to be lengthy, particularly for some of them.  It will keep our veterinary and behavior/training staff busy for weeks.

You can help by supporting this work and putting out the word that some animals who really, really need a change of fate will be looking for patient, loving homes soon.

And we can all work to bring about the day when laboratories like the one from which these dogs and cats came will no longer exist.

Next time, I’ll tell you about the 10 pit bulls we got from a suspected dog fighting operation in Ohio.  They arrived about 12 hours after the animals from the lab.