Humane FW working to save dogs from euthanization at testing lab

HSUS says 80 beagle puppies are still used in toxicity testing at Inotiv
HSUS says 80 beagle puppies are still used in toxicity testing at Inotiv(Staff)
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 4:33 PM EDT
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MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (WPTA) - A recent undercover investigation revealed that 32 beagles at a Mount Vernon laboratory are scheduled to be euthanized next week.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), local rescue groups including Humane Fort Wayne, supporters, and legislators will meet in front of the animal testing lab, Inotiv, on May 13 to protest. They say 80 dog collars will be placed in front of the lab to symbolize the beagles, whose release is being requested immediately.

Days after the event, officials say the first group of dogs is set to be put down unless Inotiv agrees to stop the drug toxicity testing and release the dogs.

Samantha Morton, Indiana state director for HSUS, says about 60,000 dogs are tested on in research facilities across the country every year. Morton says dogs aren’t the only animals being impacted--she says pigs and mice are routinely tested on, too, although it is not legally required.

“We have mere days left to secure the release of these dogs, who have endured unimaginable suffering for a largely unreliable result,” Morton said. “There is a 90% chance that the drug being tested on the dogs won’t make it to market, wasting animal lives. We are pleading with Inotiv to do the right thing; not just for these innocent dogs who deserve to live, but for the people who need effective treatments.”

Locally, Humane Fort Wayne is stepping up and offering its services to help the dogs.

“We are willing to negotiate with Inotiv as to how and when these dogs are transferred to us,” Humane FW Executive Director Jessica Henry said. “Our goal is to save these animals’ lives and to give them the opportunity to have a safe and happy future.”

Vanderburgh Humane Society and Humane Fort Wayne both say they are prepared to take in these beagles if Inotiv agrees to their release.

Those not able to attend the event, planned for May 13 at noon, are invited to wear “blue for beagles”, take a photo with your pet, and tag Inotiv on social media to bring awareness to the issue.

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