This pro-vivisection film centers on a dog named Anna that was used in the laboratory research and development of the "blue baby" operation. The film points out that dogs were used in the development of the artificial kidney, artificial bladder, and in diabetes research; that in 8 months, 900 dogs from the Baltimore city pound were used in research while in the same period, the pound destroyed more than 8,000 dogs. The narrator urges the viewer to join with his physician in speaking out for the use of pound dogs in medical research. Shots include: children Michael Shermer and Peggy Kurlett, both former "blue babies," playing with Anna, petting her, feeding her an ice cream cone; news clippings from the Baltimoresun and Baltimore news-post telling of the world-wide sensation the operation created; a man in a lab coat playing with three dogs; the exterior of the Hoffberger Urological Research Laboratory; a dog in a lab cage being petted by a keeper; an artificial kidney; and surgeons in an operating room.
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Michael Shermer, Peggy Kurlett.
Received: Aug. 15, 1985 1985 as a donation from the American Physiology Society, Society for Medical Research.