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Allegations of neglect at dog blood bank shine light on an unregulated industry

A website for a Texas-based company that provides canine blood products for veterinary transfusions nationally says it sources its blood "primarily from volunteer donors" and aims to "operate in a completely ethical, humane manner." But an animal rights group contends it has evidence that the Pet Blood Bank does the opposite, procuring its supply from a colony of about 150 greyhounds that live in squalor in dirt-floored pens.

Photographs of the facility, which People for the Treatment of Ethical Treatment of Animals says a former blood-bank employee took between February and June, show kenneled dogs with open wounds, rotting teeth and toenails curling into their paw pads. The organization sent a letter Wednesday to the sheriff of San Saba County, where the company is located northwest of Austin, urging the seizure of dogs "being cruelly confined or unreasonably deprived of necessary food, care or shelter." A dispatcher said Friday that an investigation is underway.

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I never really thought about pets needing blood, until I started following Dr. Jean Dodds DVM.  She is quoted in the article:

California requires closed colonies, and Jean Dodds, the founder of Hemopet, a nonprofit commercial blood bank there, is adamant that it is the best way to ensure the safety of blood products and a regular supply. Hemopet's website shows dogs resting in crates in brightly colored "bungalows" alongside a courtyard used for daily walks. It houses about 200 greyhounds that, depending on their weight, donate twice or three times a month before being made available for adoption after no more than one year, Dodds said.

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