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Laboratory Test Dogs Find New Loving Homes

Laboratory Test Dogs Find New Loving Homes

By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear . Remember Uno – the Beagle that won the Westminster Dog Show in 2008? That was the first time in the then 132 year history of the show that a Beagle won “Best in Show.” And he barked his way up to the podium to accept his award. Subsequently, Beagles became very popular home pets. But, apparently because of their size and sweet, docile nature, they had already been quite popular laboratory testers. But, you wouldn’t have found a single Beagle in a lab with the name Uno or one that barked. Of the 70,000 Beagles found in labs in the U.S., they have all been de-barked in their early puppy weeks, and they don’t have names. Instead, they are simply known as a number and are identified as such by the tattoo inside their ear. When Shannon Keith heard of the huge number of dogs (mostly...

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