Protesters accuse Ga. university of animal cruelty

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Nearly
100 demonstrators and their dogs gathered in Augusta to protest Georgia
Regents University using dogs to test dental implants.

The
Augusta Chronicle reports protesters walked from the Augusta Judicial
Center to the university's College of Dental Medicine Saturday to speak
out against dogs being used in the program.

Humane Society
officials said in November that a three-month undercover investigation
revealed that dogs being used to test dental implants have had teeth
that were pulled replaced with implants, and were euthanized afterward
so researchers could take jaw bone samples.

University officials
have said GRU's animal use policies are regularly reviewed by the United
States Department of Agriculture, and the university adheres to local,
state and federal guidelines. Officials have said the school doesn't
frequently use dogs for research.