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Update: Former Petland Employee Guilty!

Written by PETA | December 1, 2009

Elizabeth Carlisle—the former Petland employee who drowned two rabbits in the backroom of a store in Akron, Ohio, and then posted a now-infamous photo of the animals on Facebook—recently pleaded guilty to two counts of cruelty to animals.


Drowned rabbits


Carlisle’s case caused a media storm and drew attention to the epidemic of animal abuse at pet stores across the country. Time after time, undercover investigations have revealed that Carlisle’s shocking behavior is par for the course at places where animals are bred and sold. Although the Akron store has been closed, Petland continues to sell animals at its stores across the country, meaning that many more animals just like Carlisle’s victims are at risk. Take action now and urge Petland to stop selling rabbits forever.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • shonda says:

    We have a Facebook page dedicated to putting a stop to the Petland in our town.
    Petland Lake St Louis must be stopped
    check it out!

  • Susan says:

    Isn’t this the way serial killers start ?

  • Liz Symmons says:

    Compassion for animals means compassion for people. They have no respect for life human or otherwise and studies have shown that these type of people go on to commit crimes against humans. My sentence for this girl would have been to suffer the same fate as the precious rabbits she drowned. I’m a FIRM believer that the punishment fit the crime. Perhaps if more people lobbied for this we’d have less crime not only against our fellow humans but against the precious animals that share this earth with us. I live in hope that one day these people will have to answer for what they’ve done. Liz Symmons

  • maddy says:

    yea like some of you said this country absolutely does NOT know the meaning of justice. im moving out of this place as soon as i can. and i should start my own country where the punishment fits the drown something helpless you get drowned yourself.and so on. stupid humans.

  • Michelle says:

    She’s a lost cause. Let her burn in hell! All you can do now is boycott the store and put them out of business for allowing this type of behavior and murder to innocent animals occur in the first place.

  • Suzanne says:

    This woman is psychotic and the person who took the picture isn’t too far behind. Look at her face reminds me of something you’d see on Halloween. She belongs in prison period. Those poor innocent bunnies! Petland should be forced to go out of business. This makes me ill.

  • Kate says:

    What is wrong with her?? Is she phsychotic or something? She should be ashamed of herself!! Poor rabbits

  • Raindrops says:

    Karma spares nobody. I lived in GA where they slaughtered deer and bear and called it a season lol. Awful people. They took their little kids to teach them how to trap and kill alligators. Thank God I moved out of the country. These people are sedimentary scum of humanity. When you watch them and their future generations you KNOW evil is staring YOU in the face.

  • sue says:

    What an evil sick bitch. I hope she rots in hell.She obviously has mental heatl issues.

  • Peter says:

    This however is similar to the incident where the soldier threw a puppy over a cliff obviously killing it. The further question is it was not only HE that was complicit in the death of the dog… there was another soldier filming it and another in the video. So who shot the picture of this monstrous girl? That person is responsible too clearly being right there when the act was committed. Jail time would have been more appropriate for this truly sick girl who surely will go on to worse acts in the future.

  • Manuela Silva says:

    How can people be this crazy? She should be put away in a psychiatric hospital.

  • Rebecca Hipolito says:

    I’m glad so many people were outraged. Poor animals. I know one guy who lets his cats run loose and just let’s the skull of one lay on the ground. Disgusting and he thought I was interested in him. I tried to get the skull to bury it and he wouldn’t let me.A really ugly side of him to see. Most people who kill animals graduate to people.

  • DCmom says:

    Is this picture for real?!?! I am having a hard time believing that someone could do this and then take a picture of it smiling. Part of me is hoping that she was washing them? I just can’t wrap my brain around that kind of cruelty. Sick sick woman.

  • Shanell Wright says:

    This girl is disgusting! I can’t believe anyone could do something like that. And look at her face in this picture with a big fat grin! How could anyone possibly be proud of themselves for doing something to horrible?! It’s very disturbing and upsetting!!

  • Mary M. says:

    There’s a special place in hell for monsters like that. Until they get there I hope they rot in jail for a long long time.

  • arianne says:

    Inhumane is the only thing I have to say.

  • andrea says:

    she will get hers sooner or later. it’s called karma and nobody can escape it.

  • Gaielle says:

    OMG she looks just like the Joker on Batman! What an EVIL women she is you can see in her eyes that she is PURE EVIL! If she were tested by a psychiatrist she would be deemed a SocioPath as obviously she has no consience she probably starts fires wets the bed too!! I would not want to be related to her who knows what she is capable of!!! Ewwww and her hair is so UGLY just like her soul!

  • Susan T says:

    To the comments who are asking what her sentence was just click on the words plead guilty which appear red in the article. IT will take you to the newspaper account of the hearing. The judge could have sentenced her to up to 180 day in jail. Instead he listened to her attorney who said that she just wanted to put this behind her. Gee! I’m sure that all murders robbers rapists child abusers etc. etc. etc. just want to put it behind them too but guess what sweet cakes? Putting it behind you doesn’t absolve you of what you did. YOU WILL LIVE WITH THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE REST OF YOUR MISERABLE LIVES and that my friendS is TRUE JUSTICE!!!

  • S. Trout says:

    Surprised at the sentence? Consider it’s Ohioa state where they hold regular animal auctions where you can buy just about any species of animal imaginable! Now I see why the judge lost his bid for another term. No mention is made about any type of pyschological intervention. Tell me would you all feel completely at ease with this sicko chic caring for your toddlers or dating your son? The judge could have sentenced her to jailup to 180 days. Instead he gives her probation because SHE just wants to put this behind her. Well sick little lady…what you want and what you get are two different things. The case may be over but remember one thing…there are consequences to each of our decisions and actions. What you did was barbaric and then you thought it would be cool to broadcast it to the world on your Facebook page. I hope you get the help you so desperately need and please! Stay away from animals and children. To understand the mentality of Ohio all one has to do is read the comments published in the newspaper article. My God! And these are people who vote!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I know what Elizabeth did was horrible but I am wondering what in her life experience taught her this was okay and even funny. I have done a lot of serious thoughtful prayer about Elizabeth and others like her as well as my own research and I have found that early intervention and education is the key to ending all cruelty both to humans and animals. Cruelty comes in many forms from teasing all the way up to factory farms and jamming sheep on a ship from Australia to the Middle East with no food or water and letting them be slaughtered on the dock by the Muslims who buy them because they don’t like how animals are slaughtered in the United States.

  • John says:

    I don’t want to pay for her to be in jail…she committed murder premeditated and intentional killing. I say capital crime capital punishment. She will do this again to other animals…or our human loved ones.

  • Chuck Piorkowski says:

    Did she have to pay any fines? If not she should! If animal cruelty laws were more strict It might help.

  • Tara says:

    What a SICKO! Her punishment for this doesn’t end here. She’ll have to answer to the big man someday! And she’s smiling while she does it like she’s proud!

  • inca maya says:

    omfg scary chick lyk im srry but if u take a life u should seriously b sent to prision for at least 5 years .and if u kill an animal n its fully consious.i dont care who u wanna pray 2 it WILL feel pain n ALOT of it killing ANY animal is wrong as is killing any human is wrong unless cercomstances lead u 2 do it which leaves a more positive force in the universe like killing a mass murderer in the line of duty if that makes sence isnt it proven that killers use animals to practise there “M.O” like i dont want that btch running around mi home town gosh!