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Breeding Pain and Misery: Their Names Were Jelly and Peony

PETA: ‘A golden retriever known as Jelly was bred to develop golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD), a disease that is so debilitating that afflicted puppies become severely crippled and may endure agonizing deaths at a young age. She suffered through Joe Kornegay’s cruel experiments at Texas A&M University (TAMU) starting when she was a puppy. Throughout her miserable life, she was subjected to repeated painful muscle biopsies taken from both hind limbs. She would have undergone anesthesia multiple times for those and other invasive procedures—a frightening experience for any dog… Jelly spent her whole life caged in barren laboratories. Her only time outdoors was apparently during the move from the laboratory at the University of North Carolina (UNC)–Chapel Hill, where she was born in 2007 and assigned the number 160677, to TAMU—where she lived caged and alone… Records indicate that she was euthanized at the age of 8, likely so that her tissues could be harvested and studied…

Peony was a female golden retriever who was also bred to have GRMD. Born on May 19, 2011, in a laboratory at UNC–Chapel Hill… Peony was subjected to painful surgeries so that experimenters could obtain muscle biopsies. One of her incisions became infected, swelling painfully and oozing thick yellow pus. She was already underweight, and her growth was stunted because of the GRMD, but her body condition worsened with the infection and repeated experimentation… By the time she was 21 months old, she was emaciated, weighing just under 30 pounds. The average weight for healthy female golden retrievers this age is 55 to 70 pounds. Peony’s enlarged tongue, caused by the GRMD, made her salivate uncontrollably. That, in turn, made it difficult for her to swallow, breathe, and eat… Peony spent much of her time suffering in her cage—without even a blanket for bedding—before she was euthanized on March 5, 2013, two months shy of her second birthday…

Please urge TAMU to close its dog laboratories, stop breeding muscular dystrophy–afflicted dogs, release all dogs for adoption into good homes, and redirect resources toward humane research methods’. SOURCE…

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