In late 2011, Wayne State University’s animal research program came under fire for allegations of animal abuse and cruelty. The allegations center around the controversy over a Dalmation mix named Queenie, a Husky named Jessie, a Hound/Labrador mix named Charlie, and other former pets obtained from state animal shelters. The dogs were used in cardiology experiments and were seriously harmed or killed as a result of these cruel and painful experiments.
Washington D.C.-based non-profit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) recently filed a petition with the Animal Care Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. PCRM is a non-profit organization that advocates for ethical human medical experiments and promotes alternatives to animal research and testing.
On December 14, they also filed a complaint with the Wayne County prosecuting attorney on the grounds that the testing violates Michigan’s animal cruelty law. According to medical records obtained through Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, Charlie experienced two major surgeries to place medical devices in her body and had weeping wounds where catheters protruded. She was forced to run a treadmill daily, despite vomiting and a high fever. She died as a result of the experiments—as did Jessie and Queenie.
In the allegations, PCRM states that Wayne State University’s use of dogs in these forced medical experiments does not represent “humane” research protected by Michigan law and requests that Wayne State University be charged with felony animal cruelty.
PCRM is circulating a petition targeting Allan Gilmour, President of Wayne State University. If you would like to sign the petition asking Wayne State University to stop these inhumane dog experiments, you can join us here.