SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13) — Beagles are used in animal research because they are gentle, forgiving and people-pleasing.
It’s something that weighed on the mind of one of our viewers after her dog had to be put down because of rampant cancer, so we went looking for answers.
Shannon Keith with The Beagle Freedom Project walked us through how to tell if your animal was rescued from a lab.
- Call Kurtis: Is Your Rescue Dog A Research Animal?
- Animal Research Facilities’ Responses To Our Questions About Dog Research
- Which Animal Shelters Take In Research Animals?
She showed us Rocky, who was rescued from a lab.
“We would just flip his ear over and see does he have a tattoo,” she said.
Inside, you can faintly see his identification number. Another giveaway is if it’s missing its vocal cords.
“If you have a dog that cannot make a sound, that dog is typically from a laboratory,” she said.
It also may have a microchip that traces it back to a lab.