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Lab Workers Indicted On Felony Cruelty Charges

Written by PETA | July 6, 2011

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

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  • Virginia says:

    Thank you for all your work. What were the criminal charges?

  • This is just pure evil. I read a post from somebody once before that DOG SPELLED BACKWARDS IS GOD.So who in there right mind would want to do this these animals. It doesn’t matter what animals.They are living beings the same as us. We are considered animals too. They need to be treated with respect. Leave these animals alone and stop testing on the. God bless these innocent animals

  • Russi Taylor says:

    Please keep us updated. I want to know these people were punished for their crimes. I hope they rot in jail.

  • gemma says:

    how can humans be so cruel? what makes them think that hurting animals in any form is acceptable. please stop animal cruelty all animals are here on this earth for a reason not for humans sick advantages. love to see the same done to them. some animals can be more intelligent and sensitive than humans

  • Ophelia Donovan says:

    Why can’t we test on these disgusting laboratory workers? Why can’t we throw them intp cages & do the same to them-how would they like it? Prison is too good for them.

  • Saskia Van Eesbeek says:

    It has to be stopped!!!!