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Update: Petland Store Where Rabbits Allegedly Drowned Closes

Written by PETA | August 5, 2009

PETA Files readers were outraged by yesterday’s story about an Akron, Ohio, Petland employee who allegedly drowned two rabbits in the store’s back room. Our readers are not alone, and thanks to the overwhelming public outcry, the store where Elizabeth Carlisle was photographed holding two sopping-wet, dead rabbits by the scruff of the neck has been permanently closed.

 

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In other good news, Elizabeth Carlisle has been charged with cruelty to animals and is scheduled to appear in court later this month. We have written to the authorities and are urging them to throw the book at her—hard.

While it’s great that this particular hellhole has been shut down, Petland still has a lot of cleaning up to do. PETA receives many complaints alleging abuse and neglect of animals in Petland’s stores. Here are just a few examples:

One person claiming to be a former Petland employee writes, “[I] used to work at a Petland … and [I] can totally relate to this picture … The stores … have puppies dying all the time, due to not having water and food. [T]he kennel techs are untrained and underpaid and they get back at the company by not taking care of the animals! … [A]ll Petlands should be shut down or the animals should all be taken away. [A]ll they care about is money, money, money!”

Another writes, “I used to work for Petland … I ended up being let go, because I refused to … [p]ut dying hamsters, parakeets, … kittens, [and] small puppies in plastic bags and put them in the freezer, and let [animals] breed rampantly. I also got in trouble for … wasting company money by cleaning animal cages that were out of customer sight …”

And yet another writes, “I opened the freezer once and there were frozen snakes in there. I asked what they were … They said they weren’t paying the vet to treat [the animals], so they put them to sleep in there. Rats and mice, hamsters and gerbils, and other small critters were always committing cannibalism, because of lack of food, and not having enough space.”

Petland is unable to monitor all its employees all the time, which means that other animals are bound to suffer as a result. We would like Petland to stop selling animals in all its stores, but if the company isn’t willing to make that leap immediately, what it can do right now is stop selling rabbits in order to ensure that these small, vulnerable animals are spared death at the hands of people like Carlisle.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • olympia bravo says:

    I think all abuser animals must go to jail and pay by the law.

  • Annie du Preez says:

    I hope all people who are so cruel will go to jail and if there are animal lovers in there they must do the same to them what they do to animals…

  • MacKie says:

    @Denise Bowen – best comment.

  • 4mula1 says:

    throw the book at her hard?!?… throw her if front of ADAM LANZA!…

  • Adair Leonard says:

    Ms. Carlisle is downright sadistic. That Petland Store needs to screen their employees better. I can’t believe her lack of compassion for innocent animals. There is nothing cuter or sweeter than a bunny rabbit. I hope she pays a huge price for her cruelty.

  • Letiahs says:

    Why would she do that?Why is she smiling it is not a good thing to smile about.

  • Susanne M says:

    One of the few things we “understand” about serial killers is that they pretty much all started out torturing animals. I shudder to think about the potential evil in this person if the legal system does not deal with her harshly and swiftly. If she is allowed to walk among us, she will surely continue down a very slippery slope. A true sociopath in the making. What is particularly disturbing to me is how these people always manage to find work dealing with animals, children or the elderly…. They always manage to find themselves jobs where some other living creature is dependent on them!!!

  • ALLEN GEIGER says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT BASTARD TRY TO DROWN SOMETHING A LITTLE BIGGER, SAY A FULL GROWN DOBERMAN.

  • rocketmare says:

    What happened to the sadistic bunny murderer when she went to court? Was she punished or did she get away with it? Why hasn’t this article been updated in all this time?

  • Karen says:

    Pet stores should be selling things FOR pets….not the pets. Animals should NEVER be a product. That view of non-human animals is what has lowered their value in many people’s eyes and allowed this abuse in the first place. They are animals, placed just as humans were, on this planet for a reason. PS: I would kill the bitch in the photo. She’s an evil troll. Something SERIOUSLY wrong there.

  • Thezlehman says:

    @Denise Bowen I know you will never read this but I have to say it. While yes getting animals out of shelters are a good thing, Getting rid of pet stores is bad. People need to be trained about what to do when they work there.

  • Denise Bowen says:

    Psychopath. This should be her calling card when she is applying for any job in the future. Pet stores need to be outlawed and pets should only be available as adoptions from shelters. Disgusting.

  • Arika says:

    SHE MAKES ME SICK!

  • BARB says:

    What is wrong with this person. Maybe a sociopath. they say people that tortue animals, people are not far behind. A killer in the works.

  • Narda A. Kramer says:

    They should throw the book at her and I hope they do. She is sick and we have probably have not heard the last of her cruelty.

  • L Bright says:

    This is sick what this girl did and needs the book thrown at her. But not all petlands are bad. I am a breeder on ringneck doves and we give our doves to the petland in Pickerington, there cages are always clean, the animails all have clean water and food and all the pens are very well kept up and clean. The people at the petland in Pickerington are nothing like others at all, they really care about all the the animals. We bought our male dove from the petland in Heath ohio now that one needs to doors closed because those poor dogs are skinny and they all look sick and the cages are very dirty. Our male dove was abused and if we had the money we would have bought all of the doves that day. The all were bleeding from under the wing and when we got home we noticed that our dove had a big hole under each wing to were you could see the inside of the birds body, we took him to the vet and he’s fine. So what i am saying is that not all petlands are bad.

  • Amanda C. says:

    Oh My Gosh! I hate her!!! It’s awesome that she went to jail. She should stay behind the bars for her whole life. WHAT IF SHE was one of those rabbiits, and she got drowned for a stupid PETSHOP OWNER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JUVO says:

    this picture seriously makes me sick. I have a twisted knot in my stomach knowing how awful and wrong this is. I can’t believe people like her exist. I’m scared to even touch a dead bug let alone kill one.

  • Denise says:

    I’d save an animal over a human like this ANY DAY!

  • zero says:

    The fact that these people put the proof of their cruelty online shows the level of intelligence of both of them.Very hard to absorb.Pet stores should have to be scrutinised similarly,if not more thoroughly,as food outlets.Its a sollemn responsibility to house and care for live animals….yes,shut them down.

  • Stefano says:

    I hope that one day they will suffer the same pain that they inflict to defenceless animals. My nice thought goes to all the people that experiment on animals as well, hope they will die through very painful deaths

  • Linda says:

    This woman and everyone who participated in this are all scumbags who deserve to have the book thrown at them by a judge.

  • Theory Madison says:

    I’m done with petland, they’ll never see another penny from me or my family. And I will recommend that all my patients use another pet store.

  • rebecca says:

    i just bought a hedgehog from petland. i’d never even heard of stuff like this. it makes me regret giving them my money. but at least i got to save one little creature from being tortured.

  • Brandy says:

    Aeri ~ I congratulate CANADA for CARING & treating their Petland pets as they should be. Why is it that is not replicated here, in the ‘good ole’ USA? This woman is seriously DEMENTED & I find it frustrating, that I can’t find a report on how much ‘the book’ was actually thrown at her. Probably got a slap on the wrist & has been having her way w/defensless animals ever since. Frightening, to know that so many people just like her, are out roaming freely in society.

  • Renay says:

    As an animal lover that includes a rabbit as part of my family I am beyond horrified at this story. My rabbit is smart, affectionate, and sensitive. I cannot bare the thought of these extraordinary creatures being treated so cruelly. All Petland stores should be permanently closed. The girl who harmed the rabbits is clearly evil and should be prosecuted and put behind bars. However its clear that the management culture at Petland has created an environement where animal cruelty is acceptable. They are the root of this problem. And just like a weed if the root isn’t killed it will grow back. Spare current and future animals from abuse at the hands of Petland employees and close all stores now.

  • Suzanne Merriman says:

    This young lady is clearly a budding, if not fully bloomed, sociopath. I wish it was unbelievable. She needs to be behind bars for a very long time.

  • RHONDA says:

    This idiot need not be allowed in society. Anyone can see by the look on her face that she is twisted and incapable of feeling. Throw the book at her – she is messed up.

  • Jenny says:

    This is sick, and I’m glad that PETA was able to charge her. She and her manager both are messed up in the head; how can you drown two innocent animals then take a picture? In what way is that something to brag about? She’s basically bragging about being stupid and downright cruel. Nice going PETA.

  • Marilyn Kelly says:

    This woman and her boss and any others involved in this dispicable action of drowning these rabbits should put these people in jail for the rest of their lives and no chance to ever get out! That’s the problem with our justice system. They are far too lenient with these kind of monsters . Our system is broken BADLY! I have no sympathy for these kind of people. The nerve of a boss photographing this says volumes of the kind of person he is. My only peace I have is knowing just how hard Gods Judgement will be on all these horrible so called people, and He will pass the real judgement that they deserve. Marilyn Kelly.

  • Marilyn Kelly says:

    This woman and her boss and any others involved in this dispicable action of drowning these rabbits should put these people in jail for the rest of their lives and no chance to ever get out! That’s the problem with our justice system. They are far too lenient with these kind of monsters . Our system is broken BADLY! I have no sympathy for these kind of people. The nerve of a boss photographing this says volumes of the kind of person he is. My only peace I have is knowing just how hard Gods Judgement will be on all these horrible so called people, and He will pass the real judgement that they deserve. Marilyn Kelly.

  • Marilyn says:

    The manager who took the picture is an accomplice and should face jail time too. Throw the book at both of them PETA!!!!

  • Indoor Rabbit Hutch says:

    Thanks for sharing this Update: Petland Store Where Rabbits Allegedly Drowned Closes! I hope they will be available in some other areas.

  • Aeri says:

    While I realize that the pet industry is not a pretty thing I would like to point out that not all pet stores are equal. I work for a Petland in Canada, and in my time there I have never seen anything like this case at all. It may be the fact that my store is in Canada and is privately owned, but here, our animals and their health comes first. Every single person on staff has pets at home and love and care for the animals in store as if they were their own. All of our sick animals are given medical attention and are monitored and taken care of by the kennel technicians and the staff. Our animals are our babies.

    All of our animals come from breeders in province, as per Petland Canada guidelines. Our dogs come from small breeders in province. If we have open kennel space and we are contacted by a breeder, we first go and inspect the premises before we even think about accepting puppies from them. We have had to turn down many breeders due to bad genealogy and report many more breeders to the Humane Society for having mill operations. Almost all of our kittens are ones that had been turned over to us because it was an unwanted litter. All of our puppies and kittens are kept up to date on all their vaccinations and dewormings while they are with us, and before they even come into the store they are taken to a local vet to have a health check done.

    Whenever we send an animal home we do a call back in three days to see how they are doing, and if the new owner(s) have any questions or concerns. We do our best to educate people on what kind of animal is appropriate for them and what responsibilities they entail. If we believe someone would not make a responsible pet owner we will refuse to sell them an animal. At my store we care about our animals, not our profit.

    I realize that many stores do perpetuate animal cruelty, but please realize that not all stores do and that in fact there are people out there who are dedicated to the well being of animals, big or small.

    An animal loving Petland employee.

  • Tempest says:

    I know it is an old post but I would like to respond to Sandra Britton’s comment that we need to protect the innocent from the mentally ill. Sandra the majority of individuals with mental illness are not dangerous and most would never do what this individual did. She is a sociopath. I am mentally ill and I have pets none of whom I would ever deliberately harm. I have had cats that lived to ages up to nearly 18. I have a rabbit who is going on eight years old. I have in my many years on this earth had young animals die but their deaths were due to illness and could not be helped. I urge all of you to educate yourselves as to the truth about mental illness before you make prejudiced remarks such as this.

  • Tempest says:

    I hope that the Bch of a manager was charged with something too. Callous evil sociopaths the pair of them. I am not the sort who peppers my writing with swear words normally but what a horrible horrible vile useless ct of a so called human being looking for her 15 minutes of fame any way she can get it.

  • Michelle says:

    Thank you PETA soooo much for helping these animals At least they can have some peace for once in their lives All of Petlands stores should be closed permanently So this type of cruelty can never happen again At least for Petland Stores As for the other Pet stores and other animal cruelty hell holes We need to work on getting them closed indefinitely as well Thank you so much though PETA I’m so happy there are people so dedicated in helping animals all over I love you and your beliefs and always have Keep up the good work

  • Mari Bailey says:

    I have pet bunnies adopted from a bunny rescue organization. When I look at those poor drowned bunnies from Petland and the demented look in the murderer’s eyes I think of my own lovely bunnies and just want to cry. I hope she gets put away in a federal prison for many years!!

  • mary says:

    that is rude i hope she gets sentenced for years

  • chelsea says:

    omg i never knew any of this about these horrible stores this is crazy!! i wish there was something we could all do to make it stop i mean come on? freezing animals? what the hell these people should all go to jail get put in a ice cold cell with nothing else in it!!!!

  • Washburn says:

    Maybe you should get your facts correct! Not EVERY Petland has puppies from mills. The one in Tyler Texas ONLY has puppies and kittens for adoption from the local animal shelter.

  • Jessica says:

    Good! Lots more work ahead of us but it feels so nice to savor these victories

  • molly says:

    This is so disgusting lets just pray that this nut case can not or has not yet reproduced One can only imagine the hell a small child might endure with such a lunatic.

  • templar warrior says:

    Warning!! to those people that get caught abusing of animals will get punishedno matter were they are we will find them.

  • Stuart McConaghy says:

    I’m ashamed to be in the same genus as people who do these disgusting things to animals. Petland needs to be closed down.

  • Will says:

    That was the worse thing i have ever seen and read about animals i mean getting punished ofr cleaning cages? freezing them so they dont have to pay for vet bills? Thats sick and twisted. Thanks to you PETA another case of pet cruelity has been solved. Congrats

  • Alexandra says:

    Once again….I would love to give Elizabeth Carlisle a taste of her own medicine….and see how these poor rabbits felt….I have just had my vet. Dr. Ingrid Bill perform a lumpectomy on my 7 year old rabbit 4 days ago…..I am a huge lover of animals and it sickens me when other people don’t have the same love and compassion as I do….Any how lock Elizabeth up and throw away the key….is what I say!! Congratulations Peta for a job well done in closing down and exposing these FIENDSIDIOTS!!

  • Kristen Boltz says:

    I would just like to say that two of those comments are from me not two separate employees. Another writes “I used to work for Petland I ended up being let go because I refused to put dying hamsters parakeets kittens and small puppies in plastic bags and put them in the freezer and let animals breed rampantly. I also got in trouble for wasting company money by cleaning animal cages that were out of customer sight ” And yet another writes “I opened the freezer once and there were frozen snakes in there. I asked what they were They said they weren’t paying the vet to treat the animals so they put them to sleep in there. Rats and mice hamsters and gerbils and other small critters were always committing cannibalism because of lack of food and not having enough space.” Those are both from me. From the same Petland which has since been closed down after my termination.

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