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Laboratory Workers Indicted on Felony Cruelty Charges!

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Posted July 6, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

In a landmark move, a North Carolina grand jury has returned indictments for 14 counts of felony cruelty-to-animals against four individuals, including a supervisor, who worked at Professional Laboratory Research Services (PLRS), which was investigated by PETA last fall. This marks the first time in U.S. history that laboratory workers have faced felony cruelty charges for their abuse of animals in a laboratory and only the second time that experimenters have faced criminal prosecution for cruelty (the first stemmed from PETA’s first undercover investigation, the groundbreaking 1981 Silver Spring monkeys case).

Mary Ramsey—who had been employed as a PLRS supervisor—and Jessica Detty were each indicted on five counts, while Christine Clement and Tracy Small were each indicted on two counts. The accused are among those caught on video kicking, throwing, and dragging dogs; hoisting rabbits by their ears and puppies by their throats; violently slamming cats into cages; and screaming obscenities at terrified animals. One of those named is the worker seen on video trying to rip out a cat’s claws by violently pulling the animal from the fence onto which he or she clung in fear.

The state charges follow extensive citations, by federal officials for serious violations of animal welfare laws, the lab’s closure, and the surrender of nearly 200 dogs and more than 50 cats just a week after we released our findings last fall. We’ll keep you updated on the criminal case as it progresses.

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  • 1331 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This was one of the worst things I have ever seen. I hope these lowlives suffer for the rest of their lives in jail or whatever. Low class losers, classless trash who have no ethics or brains. I hope there is a way to publicize how they act so EVERYONE knows what scum these people are. I am a nice person, just things like this make me so upset and angry. Thanks for posting this, hopefully will build awareness so this stops for good.

  • 1420 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thank you peta for all that you do for animals…

  • 1424 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awe the poor helpless animals :( thats so so horrible

  • 1432 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Poor animals.
    I’m so happy to know that this is being handled.

  • 1436 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    fuck all these heartless assholes… to abuse a helpless animal. they should have tne same things done to them… see if they like it…?

  • 1437 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    laws should be in every state FELONY,ONLY FELONY no plea deals,then people might get the message! all these abuse videos make me sick and very pissed off.the animals are not here for people to treat them like dirt.so peta and all the others i would like to see more lockups going on!let us know by link so we can vote for more laws to help keep people out of animal abuse jobs and locked up where they belong. thanks judy

  • 1442 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    aww this is awful :( i couldn’t watch the whole video.

  • 1443 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    CARCEL PARA ELLOS . MAXIMO CASTIGO .ABUSADORES DE ANIMALES

  • 1443 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Go on Craigs List and look for Animal Shelters in NC. This is a state that GASSES their animals to death every day.This isn’t unusual treatment for NC , they have little care for animal life.Alot of the animals the Shelters show pictures of are diseased and sitting in over filled litter boxes and crowded cages.The labs aren’t the only places that treat animals bad in NC.

  • 1443 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    TO Mary Ramsey, Christine Clement and Tracy Small – Karma – Karma!!!
    I hope your fellow inmates take the time to do to you, the things you have done to those defensless creatures!!!

  • 1447 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This made me cry so much. I co-oped in a humane society here in ontario, their almost just as stupid. The fact that i’ve watched and experienced similar things to this makes me sick. I quit not long after i found out the way things ‘really work’ though. It’s all so sad :( So happy the fuckers were caught.

  • 1447 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Glad to see one of these companies closed and at least a few people charged. They better get jail time an hopefully someone in the area notifies theit fellow inmates of their crimes, then they can see how cruel women really can be…..This website/reporter needs to provide more details like cities they live in,company names of testing funding,owners of the labs etc…………KEEP UP GOOD WORK AND MORE UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATIONS.

  • 1448 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    hOPEFULLY THEY GET THE SAME TREATMENT IN PRISON :)

  • 1449 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    People say to treat others the way you want to be treated. This applies for animals too! We should all be treated nice!!!

  • 1450 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Those people deserve to suffer the same way those poor animals did. Who put our species above all others? No one.

  • 1450 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What is most amazing about this situation, is the fact that no finger has been pointed to the owner of the facility. Last time I checked it was the owners responsibility to ensure that all products administered were kept up to date. If the workers were instructed to do such test on the animals ( which they were instructed to do so) why do they avoid the consequences of their actions. least we forget the Milgram experiment?

  • 1450 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Have reposted on FB and alot of people have asked me what has happened to the animals in that video of the lab. Especially the cat whose claws were torn out and the dog whose teeth they pulled. Have you heard if someone has taken them out of that environment?

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this made me cry =[ i can’t believe people can be so heartless. good thing they got what they deserve.

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wow…what are they going to do with the animals?? i want one.. to show that not everyone is mean :( i couldn’t even watch the whole video after the dogs teeth were being pulled out.. they got what they deserved. That’s for sure.

  • 1452 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That makes me sick that someone who do that! I’m glad that they got felony charges!

  • 1453 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    SO very very very deppressing!I cant believe i actually brought myself to watch that whole video without going ballistic! Those people should have at least 25+ jail time because what they did isnt even humane… i just wish our generation would just realize what they are doing and step up or something!This just ruined my whole month.

  • 1453 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This made me sick to my stomach. These marvelous dogs And cats have no vengence in their bodies to get even with these monsters, but I bet there’s plenty of us humans that would LOVE to see the same things happening to these people. Jail time, fines, community services is NOT ENOUGH PUNISHMENT for the torture these poor animals endured. I Thank God this place is closed, and I hope that more and more abusers will be caught and MORE THAN PUNISHED! And at the end of it all, these monsters will have no place in paradise on earth promised by God. He will retaliate.

  • 1453 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I could not stand what they did to those poor helpless amazingly ADORABLE creatures.Those stupid people in that labratory should be treated like those animals were.And I hope they all burn in hell were there heartless souls BELONG

  • 1454 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I hope they get put in Jail…

  • 1454 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Death Penalty..would be the only logical thing for what they have done. They put animals to death every day…why don’t they get the same treatment? Everything they did to the animals should be done onto them. This is a terrible thing to say but it is only the truth. =(

  • 1455 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What is wrong with those people how can u treat an animal like that!?!?!?!?!?!? This made me cry :'(

  • 1455 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is sick. Karma is going to come back at those people and those animals will hopefully have their justice.

  • 1455 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is so horrifying.. i am so glad they got what they deserved but also sad it happened in the first place :(

  • 1455 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i’m not gonna watch the video cuz i don’t need to, but this is one of the reasons i hate some humans. i hope they get more than’s coming to them………

  • 1455 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    poor animals- hope those people go to hell D:<

  • 1455 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh my god I couldn’t even watch the whole thing it was so horrific. Those people are terrilbe!! They should rot in jail for what they did to those poor animals. I’m sitting here with my puppy and could NEVER EVER IN A MILLION YEARS do that to my baby girl, she’s my sweetie! How could people do that to such defenseless and adorable animals? They should do to those terrine awful women what they did to those poor creatures.

    Awful. Just….awful. This is despicable.

  • 1456 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Every one of these people should be made to suffer the way they made these poor animals suffer. My guess is they wouldn’t survive, which would be no great loss to anyone.

  • 1456 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    An eye for an eye!

  • 1456 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh My Gosh, Just reading what is stated makes me sick. Who would even THINK of doing this to little animals?! I dont even yell at my animals, Let alone hurt/abuse them. This job is repulsive, I wouldnt work there if it was the only choice!

  • 1456 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that is so sad! but glad charges were brought up

  • 1456 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can’t watch it… the first three minuets made my stomach churn.

  • 1456 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OMG…super glad those people got caught…but still I feel terrible for what those animals had to go through.

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    High fives everyone! I hope the animals are in good care now. :/

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hopefully this is only the beginning and more of these disgusting specimens of human life will get punished for their actions against animals. A small but important victory.

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s just sick.

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m sorry Peta, but I couldn’t watch past 3 minutes :/
    It broke my heart.

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    disgusting!

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Jail time isnt good enough.

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    These scum bags are a disgrace to the human race! They are actually enjoying the torture that they are inflicting upon these poor helpless animals!

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Truly another victory for animals and for my Murphy, rescued from that wretched place!!!

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Some justice – for once.

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ohmigod I can’t even watch the video, it’s just too sad! :'(

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I pray the fur babies surrender go off to their forever homes, where they will learn that not all humans are horrible.

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I cannot bring myself to watch the video…just reading the horrors of the story are enough to give me nightmares. To know that women are responsible for this makes me even more ill, aren’t we suppose to be the nurturers, care givers, loving hearts?

    I have to say that to work in those conditions and knowingly test on these animals day in and day out must do something to your psyche. I am by no means excusing or condoning what they have done.

    I couldn’t take that job if you paid me a million dollars a day – trust me, I WOULD NOT TAKE IT, because I could never do that EVER!

    We need to stop the madness of labs, there is no proof that animal testing has done any good for mankind – just the testing alone demonstrates how immoral we are to do this to innocent and defenseless creatures!

    Please live and buy cruelty free EVERYTHING! If you aren’t reading the labels and there is nothing mentioned about cruelty free – you are contributing to this! Please do your research and stop being a follower – be a leader and think for yourselves!

    • 1449 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Agreed. after i saw this i cried for like 10 minuets because these poor animals have done nothing wrong and are still treated horribly :(

    • 1449 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Agreed. this is too sad

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i wish i would never hear things this horrible the people that are doing these things have to have serious mental issues, its just not normal. and it hurts me to see pics and read the things that people do to innocent animals, it honestly does not leave my mind and it gets me literally sick in the stomach and i just cant explain im getting sick just thinking and trying to get out how i feel without being ignorant myself and cussing aboout it all

    • 1457 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Its called empathy, its a great thing. Ps: sorry for my english writing, im norwegian

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Congrats on another victory! Great job.

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hopefully those people get what they deserve for treating animals inhumanly.

  • 1457 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This video makes me sick. Those poor cute animals shud not be treated like that, no animals shud be treated bad. I cud not watch the whole vid, i almost puked.

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