Dr. Oz’s Science Experiments Killed Over 300 Dogs and a Whole Litter of Puppies

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In a scandal that will surely make Mitt Romney, who strapped his famous family dog ​​on the roof of his car for a road trip – look like a PETA activist, a review of 75 studies published by Dr Oz between 1989 and 2010 finds the Republican Senate candidate’s research killed more than 300 dogs and inflicted great suffering on them and the other animals used in experiments.

Oz, the New Jersey resident who is currently running for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, was a “senior researcher” at Columbia University’s Institute of Comparative Medicine Laboratories for years and has taken “full responsibility scientific, administrative and fiscal conduct” of his studies. . In 75 studies published in academic journals reviewed by Jezebel, the Oz team conducted experiments on at least 1,027 live animal subjects, including dogs, pigs, calves, rabbits, and small rodents. Thirty-four of these experiments resulted in the death of at least 329 dogs, while two of his experiments killed 31 pigs and 38 experiments killed 661 rabbits and rodents.

In the early 2000s, testimony from a whistleblower and veterinarian named Catherine Dell’Orto about Oz’s research detailed the extensive suffering inflicted on her team’s canine test subjects, including multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which establishes minimum standards of care for dogs, cats, primates, rabbits and other animals in the possession of pet dealers and laboratories. The law specifically requires researchers and breeders to use painkillers or euthanasia on animals, and not to use paralytics without anesthesia, or multiple times on the same animal.

Dell’Orto testified that a dog experienced by the Oz team suffered from lethargy, vomiting, paralysis and kidney failure, but was not euthanized for two full days. She alleged other truly horrific examples of cruel and wanton treatment of dogs, including at least one dog that was kept alive for a month for continued experimentation despite its unstable and painful condition, despite how the data from its continued experimentation were deemed unusable. According to Dell’Orto, a study led by Oz resulted in the death of a litter of puppies by intracardiac injection with syringes of expired medication inserted into their hearts without any sedation. After being killed, the puppies were reportedly left in a trash bag with live pups that were their littermates. Dell’Orto’s allegations, made in 2003 and 2004, are detailed in letters from PETA to the university and the USDA. In a interview with Billy Penn last month, she acknowledged that PETA “is not a reliable source of information,” but said the organization’s letters honestly reflected what she had told the organization and provided the documentation.

In May 2004, Columbia University was ordered by the USDA to pay a penalty of $2,000 for violating animal welfare laws. The fine paid by Columbia was the result of a settlement between the university and the USDA, based on the findings of Columbia’s internal investigation into the Oz research. The USDA accepted those findings, but Dell’Orto said the review was flawed and “had investigators on the committee who were also complicit in this kind of cruel and ill-conceived animal testing.” Dell’Orto also noted that while Oz was not the one who euthanized the dogs and puppies himself, “When your name is on the experiment and the way the experiment is designed inflicts such cruelty to these animals, by design, there is a problem.”

Months after paying the $2,000 fine, in December 2004, Columbia defended Oz amid allegations of animal abuse, calling him a “highly respected researcher and clinician” who adhered to “the highest standards. in animal care,” but neglected to deny any of the allegations Dell’Orto had made against Oz. On Monday, Jezebel reached out to Columbia’s communications and public affairs office as well as Oz’s senatorial campaign and will update if we receive a response. In particular, in April of this year, the daily beast reported that the university had apparently cut all ties with Oz, removing his personal pages from the medical center’s website. Oz previously held leadership positions including vice president of surgery and director of integrated medicine at the medical center.

Oz is currently running against Democratic Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman. Due to a number of bizarre gaffes on the campaign trail, including an offline comedy campaign video of Oz calling vegetables “raw” and resurfacing its the story of chilling comments towards women, Oz followed Fetterman for much of the run. But after a slew of obsessions, Fox News anti-Fetterman segmentsand key font endorsements of Oz, the latest poll shows that the race is getting closer.

In a interview With Jezebel last month, Fetterman’s wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, referenced longstanding animal abuse allegations against Oz in a warning to voters. “I think if you look at the profile of someone who makes misogynistic comments, who abuses animals, who does all those things, you get a picture of someone who is a pretty dangerous person,” Gisele said. “He’s definitely not someone I would want to make decisions about my rights or the other rights of women and people in the state, deciding whether doctors go to jail for performing life-saving services.”

The dog abuse allegations against Oz are just a drop in the candidate’s proverbial list of scandals at this point, but given America’s tradition of liking dogs more than humans, it could be hard to brush this one under the rug.