A Vancouver animal rights activist believes the city wants to build a new animal shelter in part to expand on a behavioural research experiment performed on dogs at the current shelter in 2004.
According to information obtained through freedom of information requests by East Side resident Donna Liberson, the results of the research were mostly inconclusive. Included in paper work related to the UBC Animal Welfare Research Project are several mentions that lengthier studies are needed to determine if aggressive kennel dogs can be rehabilitated.
"If you're going to experiment on dogs, you can't be secretive about it," said Liberson. "The public paid for it and council must have approved it, though I can't find any record of it being authorized."