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Sheena avoids becoming a lab experiment

A mutt named Sheena will live to see Christmas.

Sheena’s former guardian, identified only as Gayle, surrendered the dog to the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS) in hopes of finding her a new home, according to the PETA Files

Sheena wasn’t getting along with another dog in the house and Gayle could not afford to keep three large dogs.

After surrendering Sheena, Gayle, visited the dog several times at the shelter in Lindon, Utah, to make sure that she was being cared for. One day, though, when Gayle called to check on the dog, she was told Sheena was gone.

Shelter staff informed her that Sheena had been sold to the University of Utah, and declined to say much beyond that.

Gayle contacted the university to determine whether Sheena was still alive, then called PETA’s emergency hotline, which informed her that NUVAS regularly sells dogs — some of them the same ones they feature on their website as cute, cuddly and adoptable — to the university for use in medical experiments.

According to PETA, dogs recently purchased by the university from the animal shelter have had holes cut into their chests and necks, and pacemakers implanted onto their hearts in order to induce irregular heartbeats; the dogs were then killed and dissected.

(A PETA petition urging the shelter’s board of directors to cease the practice can be signed here.)

Gayle called the university and demanded her dog back, and with assistance from PETA found a foster home where Sheena will stay until a permanent home can be found.

(Photo: Courtesy of PETA)


Comment from Stumpy and Cyndi
Time December 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I’m speechless, and not in a good way. I never, in a million years, would have dreamed that a shelter would sell a dog for experimentation.

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time December 23, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Sheesh! Maybe it’s just an evolutionary thing, but LET’S GET IT ON already. Animals being “sold” for research, and nevertheless nefariously? Is there really anyone — beyond some dulled CEO and CFO — who advocates this? People love to drop the hammer on PETA, and I too have a couple “beefs” (ahem) with them, but their message is 100% consistent: Animals are especially, obviously, not ever for amusement or god forbid “test” — and also, if one can emerge, neither for public entertainment nor for sustenance. Bless the creatures who snuggle and rescue US every day from the literal and figurative high wind, drumming rain, evoking hail and PR trappings. We all cuddle in to your different-drummer perspectives from the trailer! Merry Christmas JW and Ace! Up on the housetop? Reindeer paws! Can’t wait for your return and touch-back in Baltimore.

Comment from manuel
Time December 24, 2010 at 2:16 am

I have mixed feelings about this story. I’m glad Sheena was saved but what about the countless others who were less fortunate?

Comment from anon
Time December 26, 2010 at 10:06 am

Shelter should get the Grinch Award. Lyrics suited to a tee.

“You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch.
You’re a nasty, wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk.
Mr. Grinch.”


Comment from Marian
Time May 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Q: What does the DELAWARE COUNTY have to do with a shelter that’s running in DELHI, NY? Sometimes PETA gets into organizations without fully getting to the bottom of the facts. I think a full scale investigation needs to be taken into consideration before you TRASH an organization that’s being on for such a long time.