Protesters to Demand Rescue of Greyhounds Bled for Profit

PETA Will Call On Patterson Companies and Its President to Make Good on Pledge to Help Dogs Abused by Blood Farm

For Immediate Release:
October 16, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

St. Paul, Minn.What:    On Tuesday, PETA supporters—armed with signs that show abused greyhounds and proclaim, “You Profited From My Use, Now Retire Me”—will surround the St. Paul headquarters of Patterson Companies and the house of the company’s president, James Wiltz. The billion-dollar enterprise’s veterinary-supply business has reneged on its pledge to help the 150 or so greyhounds revealed in PETA’s exposé to be suffering in squalor at The Pet Blood Bank, Inc., whose blood products Patterson Veterinary Supply distributed. The day after the exposé broke, Patterson Veterinary Supply promised to aid the dogs—but has since refused to help them.

When:    Tuesday, October 17,12 noon (at Patterson Companies) and 5:30–7 p.m. (at James Wiltz’s home)

Where:    Patterson Companies, 1031 Mendota Heights Rd. (near I-35E), and in front of the residence of the company’s president, 129 Virginia St., St. Paul

“Dogs at The Pet Blood Bank have been trapped in filthy kennels, denied veterinary care, and driven mad by constant confinement,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is calling on Patterson to make good on its promise and help get these dogs out of misery and into loving adoptive homes.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that reputable greyhound-rescue groups are standing by to take in the dogs from The Pet Blood Bank and find them good homes.

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