RALEIGH, N.C. — A Corapeake lab has stopped doing research and is surrendering all of its animals a week after an undercover video showed what activists allege were workers cruelly treating dogs, cats and rabbits, federal regulators said Wednesday.
U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman Dave Sacks said officials are trying to find new homes for more than 200 animals that were at Professional Laboratory and Research Services Inc.
He said it was the company’s decision to give them up and stop research. The USDA inspected the site this week and has started a formal investigation.
The developments come after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a video of conditions at the lab.
One scene of the video, according to PETA’s account, shows an employee purposely letting a cat grasp a fence with its claw before yanking it in an apparent attempt to rip off its nails. PETA contends that workers also sprayed the animals with harsh chemicals, lifted rabbits by their ears and puppies by their throats, and violently threw cats into their cages.
Ohio: Day care worker jailed for drugging kids to sleep
A former day care worker at a Cincinnati church has been sentenced to six months in jail for slipping a dietary supplement into children’s candy to get them to sleep. Donna Scott, 42, was convicted of three counts of child endangering. Prosecutors say she and a co-worker gave children melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone whose possible side effects in supplement form include dizziness and nightmares.
Arizona: 171 cats, dogs seized from trailer home
Authorities say 152 cats and 19 dogs were seized from a trailer home just south of Maricopa that had no running water or litter boxes. It’s not immediately clear whether the owners, who lived in the trailer with their two teenage sons, will be charged with animal cruelty.
California: Fire forces evacuations
Hundreds of residents in small mountain communities were under evacuation orders Wednesday as a forest fire in the southern Sierra Nevada grew to more than 6,100 acres and destroyed one home. Mandatory evacuations involved portions of the town of Bodfish and an area known as Myers Canyon, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.
Georgia: Antifreeze killer committed suicide in prison
An autopsy has concluded a north Georgia woman who killed her husband and later her boyfriend by poisoning them with antifreeze committed suicide in prison. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that the autopsy found that Lynn Turner died Aug. 30 after an overdose of her prescription blood pressure medication. Prosecutors said she killed the men to profit from their life insurance policies.
Iran: Woman denies she was flogged
An Iranian woman facing death by stoning after being convicted for adultery, even though her husband was dead at the time of her relationships with two men, appeared Wednesday on state TV to say she has not been whipped or tortured. Sakineh Mohammad Ashtiani, whose stoning sentence was suspended — but not canceled — in July, was allegedly given 99 lashes on Sept. 2. A British newspaper ran a picture of an unveiled woman mistakenly identified as her, her lawyer said at the time. Ashtiani said reports that she had been lashed for the photograph were “false and rumors.”
Cambodia: Four leaders in Khmer Rouge indicted
Cambodia’s genocide tribunal indicted four former leaders of the Khmer Rouge on Thursday, paving the way for trial next year. Indicted were Nuon Chea, the group’s ideologist; former head of state Khieu Samphan; former Foreign Minister Ieng Sary; and his wife Ieng Thirith, the ex-minister for social affairs. They each face charges of crimes against humanity, genocide, murder and religious persecution. Their 1970s communist regime is believed responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million people.
From Herald news services