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Utah Research Labs; Some Die, Some Become Pets
Since a national animal-rights group went public last December with an undercover exposé of two University of Utah biomedical labs, it has depicted the U. as a kind of torture gulag for animals, including former pets seized from area shelters.
U. officials instead say their use of pound dogs and cats in research gives discarded creatures otherwise slated to die a good chance at survival, while saving taxpayer dollars.
Documents and interviews related to pound seizures paint still another picture. Shelter animals-turned-research subjects die in higher numbers than the U. likes to acknowledge, but contrary to allegations of cruelty, there are ample signs they are treated with compassion.