We all know dogs or cats who were adopted from an animal shelter or rescued by a kind person. But some pets aren’t as fortunate and wind up in the terrifying world of “Class B” dealers, people who buy dogs and cats and keep them in holding facilities before selling them to laboratories where they are used in harmful experiments. Help us put a stop to Class B dealers. Take action »
Our recent undercover investigation revealed that Shy Guy and other dogs were sold to Georgia Regents University by a random source Class B dog dealer before being subjected to dental experiments and killed. GRU now promises not to buy dogs from these unscrupulous dealers. This is a great step forward, but dogs at GRU still need our help. Watch the undercover footage captured by an HSUS investigator, then join Kim Basinger in taking action. Please help »
News & Events
February 21, 2014
Five federal violations were cited at the Georgia Regents University research facility in Augusta following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
January 21, 2014
Only five random-source Class B dog dealers remain in the U.S. after the revocation of Kenneth Schroeder’s license by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
January 7, 2014
Georgia Regents University to Stop Purchasing Dogs from Questionable Dealers following Undercover Investigation
An undercover investigation at Georgia Regents University has led to a significant change in one of the university’s animal research policies.
December 11, 2013
The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services cited T.R.S. Labs Inc., a research facility in Athens, Ga., for 25 violations of the Animal Welfare Act during March 2012 and March 2013. During the year, investigators inspected the facility seven times and found three animals had died and the welfare of at least 100 others, including 55 dogs, was compromised. The Humane Society of the United States is applauding the USDA for pursuing strict enforcement action, resulting in a fine of more than $26,000.
February 28, 2014
The Maryland Senate unanimously passed legislation that will remedy a 2012 Court of Appeals ruling that deemed “pit bulls” to be “inherently dangerous.”
February 11, 2014
The Virginia House passed legislation to strengthen the state’s protections for victims of domestic violence and their beloved family pets. House Bill 972, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, will authorize courts to grant care and custody of a family pet to petitioners of protective orders and passed unanimously with bipartisan support.
January 31, 2014
The Humane Society of the United States awarded Martin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina a $10,000 grant in honor of its decision stop euthanizing animals using a gas chamber.
October 16, 2013
The city of Bennettsville, S.C., received a $5,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to eliminate gas chamber use at the city’s animal shelter. The funds will be used for training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment for the euthanasia by injection method.