Time Running Out for Class B Dog Dealers

By on May 5, 2015 with 17 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Today we received more encouraging news in our fight to stop the abominable trade by Class B random source dealers, who round up dogs and cats from flea markets, shelters, auctions, and even the backyards of unsuspecting owners and funnel them to research institutions to be tested on. The largest of the remaining three Class B random source dealers has cancelled his U.S. Department of Agriculture license. These merchants of cruelty are on their last gasps, and this announcement gets us one big step closer to the complete demise of this sordid trade.

The dealer, Ohio-based Robert Perry, has been supplying dogs to a number of institutions, including Ohio State University (OSU), for years. In the one-year period between October 2013 and October 2014 alone, OSU purchased nearly 50 dogs from Perry, making him the biggest random source supplier of dogs used in research nationwide. Of the two remaining Class B dealers, one had only four dogs in its most recent inventory and the other is facing formal enforcement action from the USDA.

The theft of dogs and their use in experiments led to the passage of the Animal Welfare Act nearly 50 years ago, and it’s a disreputable trade The HSUS has worked to put an end to ever since, along with other organizations like Last Chance for Animals, the Doris Day Animal League, and Animal Welfare Institute. At one time there were more than 200 licensed random source Class B dealers in the United States. In 2013, when we released results of our investigation into laboratory experiments on animals at Georgia Regents University – which relied on an unscrupulous random source dealer for its dogs — there were still six remaining dealers operating in the United States.

And now, after today’s announcement, we are down to two.  And the remaining two operators are flailing.

The shift away from dog dealers has helped to spur a general decline in the use of dogs in laboratories. In October last year, I shared the news that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would no longer fund research that utilized random source dogs (the NIH implemented a similar policy for cats in 2012). The NIH decision stemmed from a report issued by the National Academy of Sciences that found these random source dealers could not guarantee that people’s pets would not end up in laboratories, and that the dogs they procured were not necessary nor fit for federally funded scientific research.

Our researchers reviewed the records of 10 laboratories that purchased substantial numbers of dogs from random source Class B dealers in the past and we found that all of the labs are now using fewer dogs in their experiments. This means that these facilities are not replacing randomly sourced dogs with those bred specifically for research purposes.

The continuing and rapid decline of these random source Class B dealers means the chances of pets ending up in laboratories are now very low. And we’re perhaps closer to the day when fewer dogs of any kind are used in testing and research. With the locking down of this problem, along with the end of puppy mills and dogfighting, the demise of greyhound racing, and an end to euthanasia of healthy animals in shelters, we will have ushered in a new era and a better day for all dogs in our society.

Animal Research and Testing, Companion Animals

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  1. Linda says:

    This is great news! This has been a big step forward. What remains to be done to eliminate other animals from use as test subjects? I imagine cats and rabbits, etc. are also stolen or “adopted” and then sold….

    • kate tatman says:

      i hope that the next step will be to make animal cruelty a capitol offence. Murder is murder, assault is assault no matter the species being harmed. it is time that people realized that All animals experience emotions and pain.

      the loss of a member of any family, pack, herd: dog, cat, elephant, lion, tiger, wolf, is as devastating to that species as a loss of a family member to any human family, pack or community.

  2. Kathy Schoolfield says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve smiled this much. Thanks for all you’ve done and please thank all partipants.

  3. David Bernazani says:

    This kind of good news always makes my day! This is why I subscribe to Wayne Pacelle’s blog– he keeps us up to date on the latest progress on the front lines of animal protection and welfare. Thanks, Wayne!

  4. Pj Bertsch says:

    What fabulous news! As the beloved Gretchen Wyler used to say … “We’ve come a long way baby!” 🙂 Thank you HSUS and all of the hard working volunteers who have kept the movement forging ahead!

  5. freaglebeagles says:

    Now if we could only get Marshall BioResources to stop breeding and selling dogs for research!

  6. karyn zoldan says:

    This is great news but I don’t see that greyhound racing is ending any time soon (or faster enough) so to be lumped into this blog post and give false hope is misleading. Also while dog fighting is illegal, it still exists.

  7. Mel Hoyle says:

    Of course this is very good news. But the fact that any University breeds dogs for the express purpose of using the puppies for lab experiments is causing the tears to run down my face again. They always do when I see an animal who deserves better. I certainly hope this practice stops very soon as well. It sounds so Dr. Mengala (if I spelled that right).

    Of course, this does not compare to the Nazi killing of human beings, and I am in no way comparing the atrocities of the Nazi practices when it comes to the incredible loss to the world. I am merely stating that the practice of breeding dogs for the purpose of experimental practices on them reminds me of the way Mengala operated.

    • hal shooter says:

      Perhaps it is time to make the comparison to Nazi Germany killing humans. Both should have equal value in the eyes of the public. Both are a destroyed or damaged for life.
      Yes, let’s make the comparison and we will be better humans as a result.

  8. Diana says:

    What about the continued use of cats in these labs? I have seen horrific photos of felines with metal “helmets” screwed to their heads.
    Cats do not deserve to be treated as “second class” or disposable simply because they are despised by so many

  9. Linda M says:

    Question: Are all USDA licenses with a B in them “random source” dealers? There are many more than just 2 or 3 with B in the license number. Like Hunte Corp 43-B-0123 and Pinnacle Pet 43-B-3725 and QD Kennels 43-B-0415.

  10. Didier Dorothée says:

    please protect animals !!

  11. vince plodzien says:

    This practice and the people who exploit it are the bottom of the bottom feeders. Cannot wait until they are all just a shameful part of the past. Thanks to HSUS for the commitment they have shown to ending this tragic inhuman undertaking.

  12. Fatima Hendricks says:

    I am so glad of all the work you are doing. I wish there were some way that people who mistreat animals intentionally, let them starve, burn them, and just any other type of injustice to animals, should be punished the same way they punished the animals, THEN, THERE MAY NOT BE SO MANY TRYING TO SHOW OFF AND GET AWAY WITH IT!!! IT REALLY MAKES ME MORE THEN ANGRY!!!

  13. Carole Pitzser says:

    HS … don’t be slapping yourself on the back YET. Now the universities will breed puppies and kittens to use in experiments. Get with the true GOAL. With todays technology you don’t need to be experimenting on animals. When you stop using animals, you can pat you self on the back.

    Then lets get back to caged chickens, cows sick but still slaughtered, lambs cut to pieces when they are sheared, and pigs who are more intelligent than dogs being slaughtered. After that look at the cruelty of China.

  14. Jordan Stevens says:

    I first learned about dealers when a friend and I started our rescue, back in the 80’s. Dealers were allowed to come into the county animal shelter and “buy” the strays they wanted, strictly cash. It was heartbreaking!

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