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University of Missouri loses suit over records of dogs and cats used in research

MarĂ¡ Rose Williams, The Kansas City Star on

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He said the university notified the group of the reduction in cost to $8,950 but never heard back.

The court ruling related to the original price tag on the records. According to court documents the $82,000 "Was unreasonable," and university claims that it would take 536 hours to retrieve them was not justified. Similar requests for records had been made of other institutions for little or no cost, court documents said.

Beagle Freedom Project, which finds homes for animals used in research, is the same animal rescue organization that drew national attention with an explosion of condemnation against the university on social media, for the issue of records but also for the treatment of six beagles used in experiments.

In August 2016 the group began a series of Facebook posts claiming, "The University of Missouri purposely blinded six beagles and then killed them after their experiment failed."

A study published in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Journal said that in the experiment, the left eyes of six beagles, under sedation, were wounded and the corneal tissue scraped away. The beagles then were fitted with Elizabethan collars to prevent them from hurting their eyes any further.


A study published in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Journal said the MU researchers used beagles in this research because their eyes are similar to those of humans, and there was no indication any of the dogs were ever permanently blinded.

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