Protest at Petland Employee’s Court Hearing

Published by PETA.

Last week, Elizabeth Carlisle appeared in court to face cruelty-to-animals charges for allegedly drowning two rabbits while she was working at a Petland store in Akron, Ohio. On the day of Carlisle’s arraignment, local PETA members and other outraged members of the community stood outside the courthouse calling on Akron’s chief city prosecutor, Douglas J. Powley, to prosecute Carlisle to the fullest extent of the law.

The maximum penalty for each cruelty-to-animals charge is six months in jail—totaling a year in prison if Carlisle is found guilty.
Elizabeth Carlisle hearing
Two peaceful protesters were pushed by members of Carlisle’s entourage as they left the building.Elizabeth Carlisle hearing
Want to get involved? Use this form to urge Petland to end rabbit sales immediately. Elizabeth Carlisle hearing

This incident is just one example of the abuses animals suffer in pet stores nationwide. For nearly 30 years, PETA has fielded complaints regarding sick or unwanted animals who were cruelly disposed of by pet store employees, all because the cost of caring for or treating the animal exceeded the animal’s “price tag.” This trial offers an opportunity to send a strong and desperately needed message to the pet-store industry: Pet stores have no business selling animals.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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