WSU Researcher Accused Of Abusing Dogs

DETROIT (AP) – A researcher at Wayne State University in Detroit is accused of putting dogs through severe pain and distress during cardiovascular experiments.

A Washington-based group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asked federal regulators on Wednesday to investigate the lab of Donal O’Leary.

In an 11-page petition, the group says dogs have suffered through multiple surgeries and repeated turns on the treadmill. The group based much of its complaint on public documents.

O’Leary referred requests for comment to a Wayne State spokesman, who says the petition is being reviewed.

The petition highlights the case of Queenie, a Dalmatian mix that was formerly a stray dog in Gratiot County. The group says the dog was killed in 2010 after more than nine months of intense research.

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