A taxpayer watchdog group is applauding Virginia for a new law that will prevent state funding from being used in painful medical testing on dogs and cats.
On Friday, Governor Ralph Northam signed off on a bill prompted by an 8News investigation into deadly dog experiments at McGuire Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Richmond.
The White Coat Waste Project says it is the first law of its kind in the country.
“This is an historic win for taxpayers as well as for these companion animals who until now were being abused at taxpayer expense,” says Justin Goodman, the Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy for the White Coat Waste Project.
Virginia Senators Bill Stanley and Glen Sturtevant introduced the bill after 8News uncovered the state was partially funding the research.
The testing involved surgically implanting dogs with pacemakers and having them run on treadmills until some had a heart attack.
All dogs were euthanized at the end of the study.
The bill had unanimous support in both the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate.
The law goes into effect in July.