GRU promises to not purchase from questionable dealers

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Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Georgia Regents University has announced it will no longer purchase dogs from random source Class B dealers following an undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States, according to the organization's press release.

This comes after a previous allegation of the mistreatment of dogs at the dental school. The group claims they have proof that scientists in a GRU research lab violated federal law when they performed dental experiments on dogs.

The HSUS investigation said the university obtains dogs from a random-source Class B animal dealer who has been formally charged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

On Sept. 19, 2013, the USDA filed a legal complaint against animal dealer Kenneth Schroeder for multiple and serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including obtaining dogs from unauthorized sources, according to HSUS.

News 12 confirms Schroeder sent six dogs approved by J. Paul Spurlock in 2012, whose listed address is of the MCG School of Dentistry Faculty Practice‎. GRU officials say they did not know the dealer is under investigation.

Random-source Class B Dealers are permitted to gather dogs and cats from various sources, including auctions, “free to good home” ads, online sources, flea markets and even animal control and some shelter facilities to resell to research facilities, according to the HSUS.

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