Life After the Laboratory: Libby's Story
Animal Stories from

July 2011
[Ed. Note: Libby was only one of many tormented animals at North Carolina's Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS) who is now free and happy. Please watch Brutality at Product-Testing Laboratory to see some of what Libby and many other dogs and cats endured. What happened to some of the abusers? Justice, perhaps? Read Lab Animal Abusers Actually Sentenced (8 Jul 2011).]

From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

When she first met her rescuer, the emaciated dog crawled on her belly, longing for affection but too terrified to stand up. Known only as the number tattooed on her ear, she was sick with hookworms, tapeworms, and a vaginal infection, and her teeth were rotted.

Libby, as she would soon be named, was one of nearly 250 dogs and cats rescued last fall from animal testing hellhole Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. after it shut down following a PETA investigation. Pharmaceutical companies paid the laboratory to infest dogs and cats with worms, fleas, and ticks and then force-feed them or smear their skin with toxic chemicals in tests for companion-animal products. Our investigator recorded workers as they kicked, threw, and dragged dogs; lifted puppies by their throats; and screamed obscenities at animals. A former supervisor and three former employees of the laboratory were indicted earlier this week on felony cruelty charges.


Despite all that she has been through, Libby has become a happy, playful girl in her loving new home. She wrestles and plays tug-of-war with her two adopted canine siblings, and she loves going out on walks and snuggling under the covers.

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