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Life After the Laboratory: Libby’s Story

Written by PETA | July 8, 2011

When she first met her rescuer, the emaciated dog crawled on her belly, longing for affection but too terrified to stand up. Known only as the number tattooed on her ear, she was sick with hookworms, tapeworms, and a vaginal infection, and her teeth were rotted.
 

© Michele Gann

 
Libby, as she would soon be named, was one of nearly 250 dogs and cats rescued last fall from animal testing hellhole Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. after it shut down following a PETA investigation. Pharmaceutical companies paid the laboratory to infest dogs and cats with worms, fleas, and ticks and then force-feed them or smear their skin with toxic chemicals in tests for companion-animal products. Our investigator recorded workers as they kicked, threw, and dragged dogs; lifted puppies by their throats; and screamed obscenities at animals. A former supervisor and three former employees of the laboratory were indicted earlier this week on felony cruelty charges.

Despite all that she has been through, Libby has become a happy, playful girl in her loving new home. She wrestles and plays tug-of-war with her two adopted canine siblings, and she loves going out on walks and snuggling under the covers. 
 

© Michele Gann

 
Dogs like Libby are still suffering in laboratories. You can help by buying only cruelty-free products and letting companies that perform animal tests know why you will not be a customer. You can also donate to PETA’s Rescue and Investigations fund to help us continue to investigate cruelty and seek justice for the animal victims.
 

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Amy Bailey says:

    i HATE the fact that people are testing on innocent animals… i feel sorry for the puppies and kittens… they dont deserve to die, they deserve to have a chance to live in life.

  • chipotle11 says:

    I am doing a research report on animal testing an I was looking for a story to use and I came across this. I am an animal lover and anti- animal testing. it is wrong and must be stoped. Thank you for giving me the chance to say what i need to.

  • Kay Klein says:

    Thank God she was saved – now let’s get them all out. There is no earthly reason to continue using animals for this research. And then to hire people who are cruel and inhumane on top of it is unspeakable.

  • clifford/christine ehlers says:

    Thanks, PETA/keep focused/you inspire us!! Hellooooooo, st. francis!

  • Laura says:

    Peole who test on animals are brute and sadist STOP ANIMAL TESTING NOW!!!!!!!!!

  • Angela Fay Dench says:

    Using animals in research has got to stop – surely there is another way to test – this is inhumane and barbaric and these cruel people are soul less and without heart – what vile creatures – I am disgusted to breath the same air as them. What can possibly make someone be born or become such a monster? I am sick to my stomach :-(

  • Ash says:

    I am so happy for Libby. It is clear that she hasn’t forgotten her past but is looking forward to the future, and she is gorgeous. I am extremely happy for all the other animals that were rescued as well, and I am sad that animal experimentation still goes on, even when it is obvious that it is unnecessary, unreliable, sickening and very painful to the victims of experimentation. I encourage people to help PETA with campaigns against such barbaric cruelty. I have already started this by not wearing fur at all, and I do not wear any make up whatsoever because I do not want to wear products that have been made for an animal’s death or suffering.

  • Alicjia says:

    It’s great news to hear that Libby was given a second chance at a wonderful life! Hopefully all animals can have this with the stopping of animal testing.

  • haas virginie says:

    we need them to become better persons

  • monika says:

    thank you Peta

  • Suzanne says:

    This makes me embarrassed to be Human, truly.

  • micae.a says:

    i hope one day we’ll see the end of all this violence and sadness.

  • John says:

    es ist heutzutage nicht mehr nötig Tiere für versch. Produkte zu quälen. Ist ein absolutes Armutszeugnis für die Menschen

  • Marianne Barrett says:

    This is shocking and horrifying, – nothing can justify this cruelty to defenceless an innocent creatures. Such testing should be banned forever! There are enough natural and safe remedies in the world, we don’t need more medications, – which all have bad side effects and end up making people more ill! But of course, we all know the power of Big Pharma!

  • Bev says:

    I don’t see where that type of treatment is necessary at all. Don’t we have enough intellegent people out there able to develope cruelty-free products. I have stopped using products made, endorsed and sold under many companies that support such treatment, and as I find out who they are, I will continue adding to my list.

  • Marianne Barrett says:

    This is shocking and horrifying, – nothing can justify this cruelty to defenceless an innocent creatures. Such testing should be banned forever! There are enough natural and safe remedies in the world, we don’t need more medications, – which all have bad side effects and end up making people more ill! But of course, we all know the power of Big Pharma!

  • Elisabete Sales says:

    STOP CRUEL TESTS ON OUR BELOVED FRIENDS_ THE ANIMALS!

  • Mark says:

    This is wonderful news! Thank you PETA for helping Libby start her happy new life!!!!!

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