AR-News: (US-ma) Research dog killed despite uproar

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Sat Jan 3 14:45:01 EST 2004

BOSTON -- Five Tufts research dogs were destroyed on New Year's Day and
their leg bones removed for a controversial study, dashing the hopes of
students who had mounted a last-ditch effort to save them.

"I'm kind of in shock here," said activist Tara Turner, a graduate student
at Tufts' veterinary school. "I'm sad that (Tufts) didn't take this
opportunity to move forward in a more humane manner."

The animals were put to death after a months-long study at Tufts
University School of Veterinary Medicine, which aimed to find better ways
to heal dogs' broken legs.
Activists had asked researchers to use high-tech bone scanners to achieve
the same data without killing the dogs, but Donato said the university
determined the suggestions were "not superior."

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