Million Dog Walk on GRU Dental Draws National Attention
That seemed to be the phrase of the day as men, women and furry friends marched for change in GRU's dental research practices. Changes Julie Lapierre says the video released shows a need for.
Julie Lapierre, a Former GRU Employee explains "I had recently received implants and I just wanted to, as I said before spit them out."
Lapierre says her implants were done by a resident in the dental program and the way the dogs were treated in the video reminded her of the treatment she got from residents.
"I saw a direct correlation with how the dogs were treated and how I was treated and I felt that, maybe they weren't teaching empathy," she adds.
An empathy that many here don't think would be needed if the research wasn't done in the first place.
Protestors have come out today in dozens today to do what they say GRU hasn't: take action.
And it's not just local protestors. The Humane Society of the United States is also right here.
Kathleen Conlee, with the Humane Society of United States says, "we want them to stop these dental experiments on dogs, we want them to stop buying these dogs from what are known as random source dealers and we want them to be more transparent with the community and what's happening."
University administrators have refused to reply to the allegations on camera: Instead, they have only shared emails with faculty and staff, with claims like: "the suggestion that the research was conducted without proper approval is false" and "for the forseeable future however, animal research remains a critical component of developing safer dental implants and ultimately new cures."
Organizer Dennis Briatico and many others claim information released by the university is untrue. So, they're giving these barks a voice to speak out against GRU's administration.
Briatico adds "these are our friends. It's not our possession or our property. We love these like we love our children."
We did reach out to GRU for a comment. They refused. Protestors say they will continue demonstrations like this until the university responds to their concerns and does something about them.