Local pet-breeding facility in Lavaca County faces issues with PETA and USDA

USDA Report Reveals Inhumane Conditions for Sugar Gliders Housed in Facility

LAVACA COUNTY, Texas – A local pet-breeding facility in Lavaca County is in hot water with PETA after a USDA report shows sugar gliders were left to die and rot in cages.

Sugar gliders are tiny marsupials native to Australia in their natural habitat they live in large family groups

The sugar gliders were “trembling, skinny, soaking wet, sick and confined to cages filled with their own waste and infested with cockroaches and worms at a local pet-breeding facility,” as noted in the report.

Up to 5,000 sugar gliders are caged on site under these conditions

PETA sent a letter to Lavaca County Attorney Kyle Denney to further investigate these conditions and file charges against those responsible.

During the inspection, about 10 dead sugar gliders were discovered in pens spread across the facility’s grounds in various stages of decomposition. The USDA states that from now on, daily observation of all animals in the facility and frequent communication with an attending veterinarian.

“I looked at the Fed’s find history at this facility and saw it in February alone. USDA officers were there at least three times that we know of and each time they found thousands of ‘caged animals in feces, with cockroaches, worms in the cages, dying animals deprived of veterinary care, the skeletonized remains of other animals,’ says Daniel Paden, vice president of evidence analysis at PETA.

Daniel also says those responsible for the animals’ living conditions could face up to a year in state prison and a $5,000 fine if found guilty.


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