Today, the Humane Society of the United States released undercover footage of dogs being used for dental experiments at Georgia Regents University.
The video, narrated by Kim Basinger, shows adorable and friendly dogs, including a dog the investigator named “Shy Guy”. Shy Guy and the other dogs have their teeth removed so that false teeth can be implanted, then several weeks later they are killed so a small piece of their jawbone can be removed and tested. The HSUS says that the information they have received indicates that the experiments are done to test dental implants invented at GRU with those of competitors.
The video gives the disturbing statistic that over 65,000 dogs are used in laboratories around the United States every year.
Along with filming the undercover footage, the investigator also documented the following issues inside the university laboratories:
• Failure to provide appropriate and necessary veterinary treatment to sick and injured animals
• Use of an underweight dog in dental implant surgeries
• Failure to provide proper enrichment to primates who exhibited severe stereotypic behaviors, including self-injury
• Failure to provide necessary euthanasia to severely injured rodents
The HSUS has also stated that the dogs obtained for the experiments were purchased from a Class B dealer. Class B dealers get animals from places like auctions, flee markets, “free to a good home” ads in Craigslist, and other questionable sources. Class B dealers then sell these animals, some of which could be a lost family pet, to laboratories for research.
The HSUS believes there are only 6 remaining Class B dealers in the United States, including the one who sold the dogs the dogs to GRU. The dealer, Kevin Schroeder, has previously been charged by the United States Department of Agriculture for violations against the Animal Welfare Act. Schroeder operates out of Wells, Minnesota.
Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the U.S., said in a press release earlier today,
"Dogs don't need to die for frivolous dental experiments. It's painful to watch these forlorn dogs sacrificed for these questionable purposes. And the situation is compounded by the university's relationship with an unscrupulous animal dealer."
The HSUS has filed complaints with the USDA and National Institute of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare for the issues uncovered by the investigator. They are also encouraging the public to ask the USDA to crack down on Class B dealers and to tell Georgia Regents University to stop their needless experiments on dogs.