Protesters accuse Ga. university of animal cruelty

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Updated: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 11:15:54 EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Nearly 100 demonstrators and their dogs gathered in Augusta to protest Georgia Regents University using dogs to test dental implants.

The Augusta Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/J325re ) protesters walked from the Augusta Judicial Center to the university's College of Dental Medicine Saturday to speak out against dogs being used in the program.

Humane Society officials said in November that a three-month undercover investigation revealed that dogs being used to test dental implants have had teeth that were pulled replaced with implants, and were euthanized afterward so researchers could take jaw bone samples.

University officials have said GRU's animal use policies are regularly reviewed by the United States Department of Agriculture, and the university adheres to local, state and federal guidelines. Officials have said the school doesn't frequently use dogs for research.

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Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com

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