PETA Complaint Prompts USDA to Penalize Clay County, Florida, for Illegal Dog Experiment

January 2009


PETA learned that Florida’s Clay County Animal Control (CCAC) conducted an experiment in which employees locked a helpless dog in a hot truck. They were trying to determine whether heat stress had caused the death of another dog who had previously been transported in a CCAC vehicle. PETA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleging numerous violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The USDA agreed and cited CCAC for five violations of the AWA.


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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind