UPDATE: Abuse At North Carolina Lab

UPDATE: One week after workers at Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. in North Carolina were exposed by PETA for the cruel treatment of the animals at its facility – the lab has closed its doors and surrendered all of the cats and dogs.


With quick intervention by the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Welfare Institute the nearly 200 dogs and 54 cats have all been rescued and placed in more than 12 animal shelters and rescue groups in North Carolina and surrounding states.


Many of the dogs, all Beagles, are being treated for severe chemical burns to their paws.  All of the animals will be treated for parasites and infections.  Most also show clear signs of trauma and flinch when they are touched. 

The good news is that the majority of the animals are expected to recover and will eventually be ready for adoption.


Some of the organizations that have taken custody of the cats and dogs are: Norfolk and Virginia Beach SPCAs, Virginia; In Dog We Trust Animal Shelter, West Palm Beach Florida; Washington Animal Rescue League, Washington D.C. and Guilford County Animal Shelter in Greensboro, North Carolina.


A North Carolina research lab is being accused by PETA of gross abuse and vicious handling of hundreds of dogs, cats and rabbits by employees at the facility. 


The company’s president and law enforcement agencies are examining the allegations.


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reported they have been conducting an undercover investigation at Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS) for the past nine months.  On Wednesday the animal rights organization released a video that showed intolerable abuse to the animals.


The video which documented mistreatment of the animals by at least one employee, showed a beagle trembling in a corner of a cage as the female worker approaches, an attempt by that same employee to have a cat tear out its nails from the side of a cage and a puppy being kicked into a dog run.


There are also tirades by this employee of swearing profanities at the animals and spraying them with a hose.


The Associated Press stated the video included a scene that showed “a dog squirming through a tooth removal as workers acknowledge that the sedation drug is a couple years past its expiration and may not be working very well.”


PETA says that PLRS is a “contract laboratory that tests animal-companion products such as flea and tick sprays and spot treatments on animals.”  Their clients include: Bayer, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Novartis, Schering-Plough (now Merck), Sergeant’s, Wellmark and Merial, the makers of Frontline flea and tick products.


Part of the footage that was not released to the public apparently also showed the type of tests the animals had to endure. In one experiment a flea-control product was applied to the necks of 57 cats.


“The cats exhibited severe adverse reactions that day, suffering seizures and bleeding from the nose and mouth.  In spite of the extreme and obvious reactions, the cats were exposed to the chemical for a second time that very same day,” PETA wrote.


The evidence was taken to District Attorney Frank Parrish and PLRS president, Helen Sonenshine.  Both individuals vow to investigate the accusations.


Sonenshine, who is not involved in the day-to-day operations of PLRS was especially shocked by the video. 


She said in an AP interview, “I am disgusted.  I am appalled.  This is not what we’re about. We’re about the health of the animals.” 


Sonenshine also promised to fire all employees involved in the abuse.


In addition to the abuse, PETA claims the company violated several parts of The Animal Welfare Act including lack of veterinary care and inadequate cleaning procedures.


One sweet, older Dalmatian named Clementine was forced to stand in her cage all day to avoid sitting in her own urine or sitting in the caustic bleach solution workers would spray when they were cleaning.  The drainage in her dog run was virtually non-existent.  Her legs were covered in open sores from the bleach. 


PETA reminded the media and the public that there are modern methods of testing products that do not require the use and abuse of animals. 


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Waltraud U.
Waltraud U.2 years ago

omg - thank you

Anne L.
laurence h.2 years ago

Fortunately these poor animals could be rescued.

Mara Comitas
Mara Comitas2 years ago

I think prisoners on death row should have the option of consenting to testing in exchange for special favors until their last days. Pedophiles, too. Testing on humans, by humans, for humans makes more sense than tests on animals. A newly developed drug, to cure a deadly disease, may work on an animal, but not a human. Save money & time by testing on human volunteers.

Rebecca Clark
Becky Ketestes2 years ago

This needs to stop. I always buy products that say NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS.

Past Member
Nina S.2 years ago

Good news!

charlotte nichols

Stop animal testing its disgusting

Karen Orr
Karen Orr2 years ago

These companies that we support by buying their products for our pets health, seem to cost another animals health for the testing. Abolish all animal testing is the only way to stop the abuse. Thank God for undercover videos, or this place never would have been closed. Another pro for undercover videos filming the mistreatment of farm animals. If there is nothing to hide, keep the cameras rolling !!!!!!!!!! The reason why the farms don't want the filming of their facilities, the horrific abuse and conditions exist !

Karen Friedman
Mrs. Friedman2 years ago

Instead of news reports about Tea party and Patriot groups not wanting to pay their taxes , videos of these real abuses should be on the nightly news and the companies that have used and continue to use these testing facilites should be published in every form of media in the US.

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

No animal cruelty is bearable

Lorna Y.
Lorna Y.2 years ago

I hope these "employees" get the same treatment they gave these poor animals. There is no need to treat anyone - animal or human - the way these animals were treated. These people need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law; and beyond.They will all find their justice in the end. Glad this facility was shut down and hope these poor animals find forever homes and know that some humans are good and loving.