Georgia Regents University in Augusta is performing unnecessary and painful dental experiments on dogs in its research labs, according to claims by the Humane Society of the United States.
The animal rights advocacy group conducted a three-month undercover investigation at the university and claims the school used dogs partly to compare a dental implant invented by university researchers (in conjunction with a private company) with a competitor’s implant.
During a press conference Tuesday, Humane Society officials say one of their investigators watched experiments at GRU that involved removing dogs’ teeth, replacing them with dental implants and then killing the dogs for a sample of their jaw bones. The group also accused the school of acquiring its dogs from a Class B random-source dealer that has been charged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of animal welfare laws.
The Humane Society has also produced a video, narrated by actress Kim Bassinger, about the experiments and calling on the USDA to stop dog sales from random-source dealers to research labs.