Humane Society works to get dogs from Mattawan lab

Southwest Michigan

MATTAWAN, Mich. (WOOD) — The Humane Society of the United States is still working to get the dogs used in toxicity testing at a Mattawan lab.

Earlier this month, the Humane Society released undercover videos showing the testing at Charles River Laboratories. It said some of the tests resulted in the dogs being killed.

Researchers announced last week that dogs are no longer being used for testing in Mattawan, but they remain in the care of Corteva Agriscience, a division of DowDuPont Inc.

When 24 Hour News 8 went to the Mattawan facility Monday to find out where the dogs are and how they are doing, our crew was greeted by security. A guard took a business card and said someone would call, but that didn’t happen despite multiple efforts to reach out.

The Humane Society of the United States said that with special care and diet, the surviving dogs can live a good life. As of Monday, it was still waiting for the dogs to be handed over.

The investigation found workers were forcing gelatin capsules filled with fungicide down the beagles’ throats. According the investigation, some two dozen experiments were conducted on the dogs in a 100-day span. The Humane Society said the researchers had admitted the testing was not scientifically necessary.

Experts say beagles were chosen for testing because the breed’s gentle nature means they don’t fight back.

The Humane Society said Tuesday that in a reversal, Corteva had decided not to work with the National Animal Interest Alliance to rehome the dogs. The Humane Society said it was pleased by that decision because it has concerns about NAIA.

It was not yet clear to which organization the dogs would go.

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