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Oklahoma city sells dead animals to science

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 28, 2014

DUNCAN — A southern Oklahoma city is disposing carcasses of euthanized dogs and cats by selling them to science.

Duncan officials approved guidelines on recycling the animal carcasses last week with two companies that buy them. The money earned from the sales goes into the city’s general fund.

City Manager Jim Frieda says residents shouldn’t be alarmed by the contracts. He says the dead animals are being used for educational or medical purposes.

A local newspaper reports one company will pay $5 for a dog as long as it has a full set of adult teeth.

The other business says it will buy euthanized cats for schools that study dissection in their science classes.

The selling of dead animals has occurred in Duncan for about five years.