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PETA's latest eyewitness investigation, at Willards Rodent Factory, a breeding warehouse, and Jurassic Pets LLC, a pet store in Colorado, revealed horrific conditions, systematic neglect, and the pervasive suffering of thousands of animals. Witnesses found animals languishing and dying in cramped, putrid enclosures filled with days' or weeks' worth of feces—often with the full knowledge of the owners and management. Based on PETA's evidence, the Thornton, Colorado, Police Department executed a search warrant at Jurassic Pets that allowed them to rescue some of the mammals, reptiles, and amphibians there.
Despite having extensive evidence of persistent, widespread cruelty to animals for more than two months, the Adams County, Colorado, Sheriff's Office (ACSO) has not helped the thousands of animals at Willards Rodent Factory, which is owned by Lynn and Kenneth Kubic.
The Kubics and their workers admitted to "whacking" rats and mice—swinging them by the tail and hitting them against surfaces in an effort to kill them. Hundreds of rats and mice drowned at Willards Rodent Factory when the tubs housing them flooded, while others—most frequently those who were ill or injured—were thrown outside to be torn apart by cats.
The Kubics failed to provide effective veterinary care or euthanasia to scores of ill and/or injured animals—including a rat whose face was apparently chewed off, a hedgehog whose infected eye was neglected for so long that it shrank and lost all vision, and reptiles with mucus oozing from their mouths. Thousands of fish and hundreds of other animals perished—with many left to rot alongside live animals—and ailing survivors were routinely thrown into the freezer to die.
Please take a moment today to urge the ACSO to end animal suffering at the Kubics' hands by seizing all animals from Willards Rodent Factory without further delay.
The filthy, stressful conditions uncovered at these facilities are typical of what PETA's investigations of the pet trade have documented again and again. The most important thing that you can do to help end this cruelty is to refuse to shop at stores that sell live animals.
Thank you for your compassion for animals and for your willingness to take action.
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Evidence Analysis Manager
Cruelty Investigations Department
P.S. You can support all of our vital efforts to expose and stop the cruelty that animal abusers try so desperately to hide by making a generous gift to PETA's Investigations & Rescue Fund right now.