A local pet-trade breeding mill in Lavaca County faces trouble with PETA and USDA

USDA reports finds inhumane conditions for Sugar Gliders sheltered in facility

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LAVACA COUNTY, Texas – A local pet-trade breeding mill 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 “shaking, thin, soaking wet, ill, and confined to cages filled with their own waste and infested with cockroaches and worms at a local pet-trade breeding mill,” as stated in the report.

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

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

Over the course of the inspection, around ten dead sugar gliders were discovered in enclosures throughout the facility grounds in varying stages of decomposition. USDA states that beginning immediately, daily observation of all animals throughout the facility and frequent communication with an attending veterinarian.

“I looked at the history of the Feds findings at this facility and saw that in February alone. USDA agents were there at least three times that we know of and every time they found thousands of animals caged in feces, with roaches, worms in the cages, dying animals denied veterinary care, the skeletonized rotting remains of other animals,” says Daniel Paden, PETA’s VP of Evidence Analysis.

Daniel also says those responsible for the living conditions of these animals could face up to a year in state jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted.