Written by Michelle Kretzer
It's fitting that a man who sold dogs to
laboratories may end up behind bars himself. A federal court sentenced Floyd Martin to a year
in prison after he and his wife, Susan, illegally purchased hundreds of dogs and sold them to laboratories.
Susan Martin was convicted of conspiracy and received probation. The couple was
fined $300,000. They had pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars from selling
dogs to be tormented and, in all likelihood, killed.
And the dogs weren't tormented only when
they got to the laboratories. A U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation of
the Martins' dingy facility, Chestnut Grove Kennel, resulted in citations for violations
of animal welfare laws, such as housing incompatible dogs together, leaving dogs
with injuries seemingly untreated, having dangerous enclosures, and more. PETA
obtained these never-before-released pictures from inside the facility:
It's not illegal for animal dealers like
the Martins to buy animals from "bunchers," people who pick animals
up off the streets, steal them from backyards, or obtain them from animal shelters
or "free to a good home" ads. But federal law limits the Martins and
other "random source" dealers—like notorious R&R Research, which
PETA exposed not long ago—to purchasing only 24 animals a year from each buncher in order to
try to keep illegal acts to a minimum. The Martins purchased hundreds of dogs
from just two individuals, then lied on documents to cover it up.
Because of such
rampant illegal activity and abuse of animals, PETA and others have long
campaigned for lawmakers to shut down random source dealers. And our efforts are paying off: The National
Institutes of Health, which funds most experiments on animals in the U.S., won't allow the use of animals from Class B dealers after 2015. And
last session, Congress introduced the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011,
which would prohibit Class B dealers from selling animals to laboratories.
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