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Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 12:00 am

CHERYL BURKE

NEWPORT — The Carteret County Humane Society has taken in 18 beagles rescued from a Gates County research lab closed amid allegations of abuse.

The dogs were among 200 animals rescued Friday from the Professional Laboratory and Research Services Inc. in Corapeake, which is under investigation for animal abuse by the Gates County District Attorney’s Office and the federal Department of Agriculture.

The 14-hour rescue operation involved three-dozen rescue groups from across the East Coast.

According to wire reports, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released undercover video it said was taken by a volunteer who got a job at the Gates County lab. PETA says the video shows cats, dogs and rabbits living in their own excrement and workers spraying animals with harsh chemicals, trying to rip off a cat’s claws and performing operations with expired sedatives.

When PETA released the video, PLRS President Helen Sonenshine confirmed that the video was taken at the Gates County lab and said that it disgusted and appalled her and that anyone who broke company rules will be fired. The company has not commented since.

The Carteret County Humane Society was among numerous shelters in the state to receive an e-mail appealing for assistance to house some of the animals.

“A couple with a rescue group in Onslow County drove up to Gates County with an air conditioned trailer and brought the dogs back to the shelter Friday night,” said Tiffany Gray, assistant manager of the Carteret County Humane Society.

The dogs, which range in age from about 2 to 7, are getting cleaned up and treated by area vets, and will soon be placed for adoption. There are five males and 13 females.

“Some are going to need a little more rehab than others, but they are in relatively good shape physically,” said Ms. Gray. “They’ve been around humans, but were abused.”

Ms. Gray said volunteers are working with the dogs to get them used to human contact.

“We had two volunteers who have been coming in to walk the dogs,” she said.

The dogs are being housed in a separate building at the shelter until vets check them all out. In the meantime, the shelter has taken on an extra 18 dogs and donations are appreciated to assist with the cost of dog food and care.

“We would welcome any donations of dog food or money,” she said.

Those interested in adopting or seeing the dogs can call the shelter and be placed on a waiting list. For more information, call the Humane Society at 247-7744.

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7 comments:

  • anonymous posted at 8:38 am on Fri, Sep 24, 2010.

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    OMG....IN THE NAME OF RESEARCH!!!!!APPALLING.....PETA SHOULD MONITOR EVERY RESEARCH LAB IN THE COUNTRY.....AND OBVIOUSLY IS TO SOME DEGREE TO CATCH THESE PEOPLE.....GO PETA!!!!!

     
  • anonymous posted at 7:45 am on Fri, Sep 24, 2010.

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    Sickened, yet not surprised that they would have done these things. Just don't be surprised at anything companies do these days. They should be shut down. No second chances.They're not better than Michael Vick.

     
  • anonymous posted at 2:31 am on Fri, Sep 24, 2010.

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    PLEASE lets do the same to those that did to them!!

     
  • anonymous posted at 5:56 pm on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

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    KUDOS to the staff at the Animal Shelter. They are already overwhelmed but yet manage to help out. This shelter has improved greatly in last few years. They need our help as well as the animals.

     
  • Gietzie posted at 5:21 pm on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    Gietzie Posts: 0

    The Carteret Animal Shelter/Humane Society has made such a difference in the lives of so many animals. Being a volunteer for 3 years I see all of the effort everyone there makes to save as many lives as possible!!! Once again a great act of kindness to help out these special beagles in need...the beagles are precious and thank you to everyone who helped in saving their lives from such a sad situation. PITA continue to put a hault on these aweful groups/acts that harm these innocent and defenseless animals!!!

     
  • anonymous posted at 9:31 am on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

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    Viva PETA!!!! Hasta la victoria siempre! I hope you will stop one to using animals in laboratories

     
  • anonymous posted at 4:25 am on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

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    THANK YOU TO ALL who rescued them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it warms my heart... these are precious babies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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