A young graduate student in Pennsylvania experimented on 24 dogs in the basement of Temple University. We got our hands on her dissertation. You have to see what she published:
“I’ll miss the silly moments the most,” she said, thanking her lab partners.
Were these “silly moments” before or after she severed the spinal roots of dogs?
She was interested in learning how to restore bladder function in humans with spinal cord injuries—research she could have conducted without animals. Instead, she cut off dogs’ tails and implanted electrodes in their bladders.
She acknowledged a mentor who inspired her to “embrace the challenges of surgery,” which she grew to “enjoy with each passing procedure.”
Did she enjoy restraining the dogs? Inserting catheters into their bladders? If a dog could no longer urinate on its own because her team had damaged its spine so badly, they had to press on the dog’s bladder, forcing the urine out.
Of the same mentor, she added, “… I enjoyed his dad jokes more than I like to admit.”
One dog, called only “Number 10,” suffered kidney and bladder stones. They killed the dog before the experiment was over. Later, they euthanized the rest of the dogs. It’s horrific and not at all funny.
Ultimately, she named her dissertation, “To Pee or Not to Pee.” (We are not joking.)
Friends, this is NOT SERIOUS SCIENCE. It’s the sick, sad truth of dog experimentation in the United States. And it’s happening more than you think.
DOG EXPERIMENTS BY THE NUMBERS
Americans love dogs. We welcome 89 million dogs into our homes.
That’s why it’s shocking to learn that dog experimentation is legal and common.
Every year in the United States, approximately 59,000 dogs are used in research and testing or trapped in facilities to be bred, with their puppies lost to cruel experiments.
While the number of dogs used in experiments is down nearly 40% from 1991, that number has increased for the first time in decades—up since 2017.
6 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOG EXPERIMENTS RIGHT NOW
1. Most dog experiments take place at colleges and universities, with big numbers on the East Coast and Midwest.