Notorious VA lab spent $42K on puppies days after defund vote

Posted by Justin Goodman
09 August 2018 | Newsworthy

In March of this year–following advocacy by White Coat Waste Project, Congress and veterans–President Trump signed historic legislation defunding for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) painful and wasteful dog experimentation.

Now, WCW has uncovered that days after the defund was signed into law, the notorious Cleveland VA Medical Center spent $42,721 of taxpayers’ money to pre-order seven shipments of hound puppies as young as 9 months old.

The seven delivery dates for the ill-fated hound puppies range from June 2018 to April 2019. In a new letter to new VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Congress members Dina Titus (D-NV) and Dave Brat (R-VA) write that they are “concerned these purchases may be prohibited” and “appear to be an attempt to circumvent anticipated FY19 funding restrictions on dog testing.”

Screenshot of the invoice for the Cleveland VA’s purchase of 21 puppies days after Congress cut funding for VA’s dog testing

This isn’t the Cleveland VA’s first scandal related to its experiments that involve damaging dogs’ spinal cords and collapsing their lungs. Last year, WCW uncovered how the facility killed “friendly,” “shy,” and “submissive” dogs that it told the media it “adopted out.”

WCW billboard placed outside of the Cleveland VA to coincide with Tax Week 2018.

Urge Congress to pass the bipartisan PUPPERS Act to permanently stop the VA from using your tax dollars to fund wasteful and inhumane dog experiments.

Blog Comments

These experiments do nothing to further scientific knowledge! They are an excuse to continue employment for people who do not mind terrorizing animal and maiming them.

The president signs a bill for no more funding on animal experienc The president signs a bill for no more funding on animal Experiments and you and Virginia spend $47,000 the next day I am not gonna let this go there is no need to experiment on animals any longer. Our science is far beyond that the pharmaceuticals have drugs that they won’t release because they can’t make money if they do they’re going to hold off until they can’t hold off any longer and you are as sorry as the day is long

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