Congress votes to extend restrictions on deadly dog research

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(WRIC) — After an 8News investigation, there’s another roadblock for deadly dog research at McGuire VA Medical Center.

Congress has now voted to extend its restrictions on dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs through fiscal year 2019.

Under the legislation, (text on page 185) your federal tax dollars can not be used for the deadly dog experiments like the testing 8News uncovered at McGuire unless there is absolutely no other alternative to using dogs.

If that is the case, the study will need direct approval from the VA Secretary.

8News exposed 39 dogs at McGuire, some puppies, had been surgically implanted with pacemakers and forces to run on treadmills until they collapsed or died. 

The VA says the research part of an on-going study into heart disease.

Over 50 house members on both sides of the aisle requested this measure to de-fund the animal testing be extended through fiscal year 2019.

The bill now heads to President Trump’s desk.

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