Pound seizure is the sale or release of cats and dogs from a pound or shelter to a research, testing or educational facility.

It is hard to imagine that dogs and cats are still being used as expendable tools in lethal experiments. It is a difficult fact that some of these animals were once accustomed to life in a human home and are now confined within a laboratory cage. Two states in the U.S.—Ohio and Oklahoma—still legally require that publicly funded shelters and pounds provide dogs and/or cats to institutions for experimental or educational purposes, and other states allow it. Several states have no law either way.

This horrible practice is a small, but troubling facet of the animal experimentation industry.