Shamefully we in New Zealand also allow these dreadful practises to occur.
The Valley Animal Research Centre opened in 2005 in the Manuwatu.
This facility to test drugs on animals was run by bio-pharmaceutical scientist Allen Goldenthal.
The factory has since closed, but during its years of operation it tested drugs on Beagles – who are the breed of choice for end stage drug testing because to their accepting, compliant and docile nature.
The couple who ran the lab also had their own Beagle breeding facility.
Now the lab is closed Margaret Harkima, who was a director of the research lab, as well as being the estranged wife of Goldenthal, has been selling puppies and dogs to people without telling them they came from a testing lab facility.
Many New Zealanders have offered to take the rest of these dogs.
But many more have come to light today, people whose dogs and puppies have died after they were purchased from this woman.
Our TV3 News has more from those heartbroken dog owners today, the day after many of these owners watched last night’s programme and found out where their dogs had really come from.
More on The Beagles freed from a Spanish lab can be found here.