On 07/24/2006 Miike Fry said: Pound Seizure
I have heard rumors that the Humane Society for Companion Animals sells animals to research. But I have no proof of that.
However, Minnesota does have on its books a law often referred to as "pound seizure" which requires that municipal impound facilities make animals available for research. So I believe it very possible for them to be selling animals to research to comply with MN state law. (HSCA serves as an impound center for some surrounding cities).
If they are selling to research, that is not something I support. Nor do I think they would have to. Many years ago, the City of Minneapolis openly defied the law and refused to sell dogs and cats from Animal Control to a research lab.
Because the research labs did not want a lot of neg press, they quietly went away.
In my years of working with St. Paul Animal Control, I am unaware of them selling any animals to research. So if a local humane shelter is doing so, that would be pretty bad.
While I don't know if they sell animals to research, I do not that HSCA does not report the actual outcomes of the animals they take in. Therefore, validating or refuting a rumor like that would be very difficult.