In January 2024, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health investigators completed part of an investigation that started on November 2023 of The Veterinarian’s Blood Bank (TVBB) in Vallonia after allegations of neglect of cats and dogs from the animal rights organization PETA.

PETA investigators claimed more than 860 animals are living in poor conditions at the blood bank facility, accusing the company of producing tainted blood products from sick and injured animals. PETA claims the facility crowded as many as 30 cats in pens that lacked adequate hiding places and activities. It also alleged staff forced cats to compete for access to food, water perches, and plastic kiddie pools of litter that were not cleaned on weekends.

According to the case report from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health following the investigation on 8th January, an unannounced inspection of the cat portion of the facility was completed by District 8 Field Veterinarian Dr. Jodi Lovejoy and Jessie Hutchinson, a Jackson County Sheriff’s Department detective.

According to PETA, during inspections of TVBB’s dog and cat facilities, BOAH veterinarian Dr Jodi Lovejoy noted that animals were being bled more frequently and at ages much older than industry standards dictate, including senior animals as old as 11. She found dogs kept in rusty, barren kennels without bedding or solid surfaces as well as ones with hair loss, skin tags, and apparent pressure sores, and that every dog whose teeth she examined had “moderate to severe” dental disease. 

Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA Senior Vice President, said, “The Veterinarians’ Blood Bank has denied sick and elderly animals both care and comfort, keeping them perpetually confined to barren kennels as they repeatedly take their blood and depriving them of the opportunity to know a home or family. PETA is calling on this cruel operation’s remaining customers to immediately reconsider their relationship with TVBB and commit to obtaining blood only from healthy dogs and cats who live in homes and are volunteered for periodic blood donations by their loving guardians.”

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.