Urge Texas A&M Board to Release 20 Dogs Serving Life Sentences in Lab

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Update: March 31, 2021
Documents obtained by PETA show that Ned, a German shorthaired pointer imprisoned in Texas A&M University’s canine muscular dystrophy (MD) laboratory, was euthanized on January 8, ending a lifetime of unmitigated pain. The 9-year-old, who had purposely been bred to have canine MD, was subjected to experiments and repeated biopsies as the disease ravaged his body.

There are still 20 dogs at the university—many of whom are healthy—who also had been part of the canine MD colony and who deserve to be adopted into homes where they can know love and comfort. Take action below to help make that happen.

Update: February 3, 2021
Records just obtained by PETA show that a golden retriever named Karbach was freed from Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) canine muscular dystrophy (MD) laboratory and adopted! She spent just shy of five years as a prisoner before finally getting the home she so deserves.

But the school callously denied another dog that chance. Records also show that Jumba, a dark-blond dog who was affected by canine MD—the painful disease he was purposely bred to have—was euthanized in December. Over the course of his imprisonment, records show that he had difficulty swallowing as well as stiffness and pain in a front paw. In his final days, he was noted to have a poor appetite and was thin and dehydrated.

Twenty-one dogs, many of whom are completely healthy, remain in TAMU’s barren cages, despite PETA’s repeated offers to place them in permanent and loving homes. There appear to be no studies being conducted that experimenters could even pretend are contributing to a cure. Experimenters are performing imaging studies on the sick dogs—something that could easily be done on humans with the human form of MD so that human patients might actually be helped.

It seems that TAMU would prefer to warehouse dogs rather than releasing them to adopters or to PETA and admitting that its MD lab is finished, and that means that we need to keep the pressure on. You can help us by taking action below.

Update: December 9, 2020
Brioche will be home for the holidays! Records just obtained by PETA show that the 2-year-old golden retriever was freed from Texas A&M University's canine muscular dystrophy laboratory and adopted. When she was a puppy, experimenters observed that Brioche limped after her front leg became stuck in the bars of her enclosure. Several months later, they noticed that large patches of hair were missing from her body. Those days of suffering are behind her now. Let's make the same happen for the remaining 23 dogs. Your voice is powerful! Please use it to take action below.

Update: December 7, 2020
Documents obtained by PETA show that Jambi, a 10-year-old golden retriever, was euthanized in April of this year because of complications related to canine muscular dystrophy (MD) and cancer. Experimenters bred him to have MD, a painful illness that condemned him to a lifetime of suffering. Texas A&M University compounded his misery by imprisoning him in a barren laboratory cell and performing invasive, useless procedures on him. Will you help us get the remaining 24 dogs home for the holidays? Please take action below.

Update: November 16, 2020
Thanks to the many e-mails and calls from PETA supporters, another dog imprisoned in Texas A&M University's barren canine muscular dystrophy laboratory has been freed! Records just obtained by PETA show that Kenickie, a 6-year-old German shorthaired pointer who was always exercised alone during his imprisonment, has been adopted. Now let's get the remaining 24 dogs into the homes they so deserve. You can help by taking action below.

Update: September 22, 2020
You did it! We asked you to call and e-mail and demand that dogs who have spent years inside Texas A&M University's canine muscular dystrophy laboratory finally be given a chance to live in a home, and the school has listened! Records just obtained by PETA show that Lucilla, Varinia, and Cheddar were adopted. The documents also indicate that there are just 25 dogs remaining in the infamous laboratory. However, a dog named Jambi was missing from the records that we've received, so we're questioning Texas A&M about that. We will continue to campaign for the dogs!

PETA has offered to take all the dogs still imprisoned by Texas A&M. Please ask it to release them now by taking action below.

Original post:
The notorious canine muscular dystrophy (MD) laboratory at Texas A&M University should permanently close its doors. Following an intensive PETA campaign—including the release of video footage—in 2019, Texas A&M bowed to pressure and permanently ended its MD laboratory dog-breeding program. However, it's still warehousing 29 dogs, most of them golden retrievers, in barren metal cages, even though the lead experimenter has retired and the program appears to have little funding for experiments.

photo of 21 dogs at TAMU

It's almost unimaginable just how much pain and suffering Texas A&M has inflicted on the dogs over the course of their lives. At least 15 of them—including Baguette, Barbara, Brioche, and Cheddar—are carriers for the gene that causes MD but don't have it themselves and are healthy.

PETA has repeatedly offered to take the dogs and place them in permanent and loving homes, but Texas A&M President Michael Young has ignored our offers and denied them everything that would have made their lives decent, including the chance to live with loving families.

That's why your help is needed. Please use the link below and join thousands of PETA supporters in calling on the members of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents to use their authority and order a release of all remaining dogs from the canine MD laboratory.

Hernandez III

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