One of America’s largest animal blood banks is reportedly getting its supply from “debilitated, sick, injured, elderly and/or medicated” cats and dogs — and despite safety concerns, it’s allowing animals across the country. is selling to doctors, according to a bombshell report that is currently being investigated. By authorities in Indiana.
Disturbing allegations were filed against a veterinarian blood bank in Indiana by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals after an undercover investigator spent seven months at the facility last year.
Not only is VBB allegedly According to PETA’s complaints to state and local authorities, it mistreats animals and keeps them as lifelong donors, the blood it sends is potentially dangerous to the animals that receive it. – Most cats and dogs that are pets.
“Our investigators saw staff draw blood from animals that were sick with cancer and other infections, sometimes up to a week before the animals died,” PETA Vice President Dan Peden told The Post. “These were compromised animals.”
PETA cited the images and Videos A staggering 860 animals are being housed in this gigantic facility. Disturbing footage Shows dogs suffering from injuries due to fighting with the Unfavorable. Kennel mates, according to complaints. In one segment, an employee claims her manager paid her $200 to get two stray cats from Facebook ads, according to video footage. Elsewhere, the staff discussed a 12-year-old hound that was born at VBB and suffered “horrific” surgery.
According to PETA’s complaints to government officials, kennels with “hard, chipped floors that hurt the animals’ feet and legs” and cages were not cleaned daily.
The Post could not independently confirm that the video was taken at VBB.
The Indiana State Board of Animal Health announced at the end of the year in Vallonia, Ind. The investigation into VBB began after visiting the facility and receiving a complaint from PETA, the agency confirmed to The Post. Seven years ago, a PETA investigation into another blood bank in Texas that housed 150 dogs in “deplorable” conditions led to the facility’s closure.
It’s a rare glimpse into a largely unregulated animal blood bank industry, with oversight left to various state agencies or local law enforcement offices. According to the Association of Veterinary Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, there is no federal guidance on the “housing and treatment of animal blood donors.”
According to AVHTM President Dana LeWine, who teaches at the College of Veterinary Medicine, there are about 10 large commercial animal blood banks like VBB in the U.S. The rest are run by veterinary schools or nonprofits. is where most animal donors live as pets in homes. Auburn University.
“Most people feel that animals should be serviced and adopted after a few years,” LeWine told The Post, noting that commercial banks including Hemopath and Animal Blood Resources International There is action.
According to Ann Hale, a veterinarian in New Mexico and AVHTM member, most banks draw blood monthly or every two months. PETA claims that, in contrast, animals at VBB live their entire lives in the facility, during which they are bled every three weeks.
VBB was founded in 2002 by veterinarians Ron Harrison and Darren Bryant, according to its website, which Blog Which has not been updated since 2014. This article shows a volunteer blood bank in Virginia called Blue Ridge that relies on pet owners to bring their pets in for blood donations.
In an interview with The Post, Bryant declined to comment on the video and declined to say directly whether the facility draws blood from sick animals. He acknowledged that animals share kennels and can be injured during fights, but that injuries are not “unnoticeable.”
He said the state inspector had “minor complaints like a rusty spot on the cage or the way we sterilize the food bowls” and that the inspector recommended that VBB remove the dogs from the hard floor. Give thick pads”.
“If our animals aren’t healthy, people won’t buy blood products from us,” Bryant told The Post.
VBB does not have an animal adoption program, according to Bryant, who said the facility has “over 500” dogs and cats versus PETA’s claim of 860.
“If they’re too old to donate blood, they just stay here,” Bryant said. “It’s not a bad life. They exercise every day and their pens are cleaned every day.
“As far as I’m aware we don’t have any strays,” Bryant added, responding to another allegation in PETA’s complaint letter that he had been solicited by staff to obtain pets through Facebook ads. No knowledge of efforts. “We buy animals from people who breed them for research for the medical community,” he said.
When the Indiana Board of Animal Health inspected the VBB facility, it was accompanied by an official from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in response to a “cruelty to animals” complaint from PETA, alleging that two cats at VBB were being abused. There were medical conditions that were not being treated.
“We are investigating the facility,” Indiana agency spokesman Dennis Derrer-Spears told The Post. Spears said an inspector made recommendations for the cat facility to be “in line with standard industry practices” and a report on the dogs is in the works. Spears said the inspector is still interviewing people associated with VBB and will return for a follow-up inspection.
The last time the state visited the facility was “five or six years ago,” Spears added.
The agency’s authority is limited because it is specifically tasked with overseeing dog breeding facilities in the state and does not regulate blood banks. VBB is registered as a dog breeder, although none of its animals are adoptable by the general public.
“What we go out to see is the care and welfare of the animals and whether they’re in good physical condition,” Spears said.
The sheriff’s office did not return calls for comment.
The commercial animal blood industry was in the spotlight in 2017 when an undercover investigation by PETA in Cherokee, Texas revealed shocking conditions in which retired greyhound racing dogs were living.
At the facility, the pet blood bank housed 150 greyhounds — a breed that typically has a universal blood group — with open wounds, rotting teeth and kept in dirt-floor pens and fed , were deprived of care and accommodation. The Washington Post reports.
After the revelations, Pet Blood Bank’s largest customer, the $6.5 billion Patterson Veterinary Clinic, left the company. According to Peterson’s website.
The National Greyhound Association prohibits its members from sending greyhounds directly to blood banks and prohibits the use of dogs older than 18 months or older than seven years of age for their blood, according to its website. According to.
Other commercial animal blood banks, including Hemopath in California — the only state that regulates such businesses — confine animals temporarily, eventually putting them up for adoption. Company website.
The UK regulates animal blood banks, licensing-only facilities that rely on volunteers to bring their pets in for donation. Hale said there are no so-called “closed colonies” in the UK where animals are kept in blood banks.