You might have never given much thought to how medical researchers get dogs for their labs. The truth might be worse than you imagined.
On Thursday, according to a story by Philly.com, Floyd and Susan Martin pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally purchasing dogs to sell to research facilities. How many dogs? Hundreds of them. To what institutions? Big ones, like Johns Hopkins and Columbia University.
And they received hundreds of thousands of dollars for those dogs, between 2005 and 2010.
The case throws light on the sordid world of dog-dealing for biomedical research.