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June 30, 1945

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JAMA. 1945;128(9):668. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860260042018

STRUGGLE OVER DOGS  Recently newspapers in Chicago have described another clash between the antivivisectionists and a Chicago medical school. Despite repeated hearings in which they always fail to establish their charges, the antivivisectionists continue to oppose the Chicago ordinance which requires the pound to deliver unclaimed dogs to the medical schools. Mrs. Charles M. Petkus, vice president of the Illinois Citizens Animal Welfare League, has been insisting that Northwestern University keeps its dogs under insanitary and filthy conditions. The Chicago Herald American has given much publicity to Mrs. Petkus' activities; other newspapers have treated the whole situation either with brevity or with mild derision. Investigations of Mrs. Petkus' charges have not sustained her claims. On June 12 Mrs. Petkus took a dog out of a cage during an inspection tour through Northwestern's animal rooms and attempted to carry the animal away. According to their story, Mrs. Petkus and two other

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