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North Utah Valley Animal Shelter betrays dogs and cats

By Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Loves fetch and belly rubs. Sweet dog. Good for a family.”

That’s how Chance was described on his intake form at the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS).

But NUVAS did not place Chance with a loving family. PETA recently obtained his photo and those of 50 other dogs who were also sold by NUVAS to the University of Utah for use in deadly experiments.

We may never know what became of Chance. We do know that experimenters at the University cut holes into the chests and necks of dogs from NUVAS, implanted pacemakers into their hearts to induce irregular heartbeats, and then killed and dissected them. They also drilled holes into the skulls of cats from NUVAS and used others for training exercises in which they repeatedly forced hard plastic tubes down the cats’ delicate throats.

Descriptions of all these animals were recorded on the shelter’s intake forms. They were described as “very cute,” “cuddly,” “good with children,” “housebroken,” able to “sit and shake hands,” etc.

In other words, they have qualities that remind us of our own special companion animals.

PETA wants NUVAS to stop betraying the very animals it is charged with protecting.


It is the only shelter in Utah that still engages in the shameful practice of selling animals for experimentation. Continue reading North Utah Valley Animal Shelter betrays dogs and cats