Humane Society: Dog dealer's license revoked after investigation at GRU

Humane Society: Dog dealer's license revoked after investigation at GRU

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A dog dealer who used to sell animals to Georgia Regents University for research experiments is no longer in business.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture revoked the license of Class B dog dealer Kenneth Schroeder, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

GRU officials announced earlier this month that they would no longer acquire dogs from random-source Class B dealers like Schroeder after an undercover investigation by the Humane Society.

The Humane Society's investigation pointed out that the USDA had filed a complaint claiming Schroeder illegally obtained some dogs and kept them in unsanitary conditions. The USDA and Schroeder settled on Jan. 15.

Schroeder sold about 200 dogs to GRU between 2005 and October 2013, according to the Humane Society. Now that his license has been revoke, only five random-source Class B dog dealers remain in the U.S.

The Humane Society also claimed that six dogs sold by Schroeder to GRU underwent deadly dental experiments during their undercover investigation.

But Dr. Mark Hamrick, Senior Vice President for Research at Georgia Regents University, said that the dogs used in experiments were not in pain and were treated humanely.

"The video that was released shows surgical procedures performed under anesthesia, in sterile, aseptic conditions and followed with appropriate clinical management and pain control if necessary," Hamrick said during a press conference.

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