Dogs Suffering Under Dr. Oz Seen in ‘Devastating’ Attack Ad from Democrats

Dr. Mehmet Oz has been attacked over allegations that his research led to the death of hundreds of dogs and animal abuse in a new ad released by a Democratic super PAC.

Oz, a Republican endorsed by former president Donald Trump, is facing off against Pennsylvania’s Lt. Gov. John Fetterman for the state’s open seat in an increasingly competitive race that could tilt control of the Senate.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz holds a press conference on September 6, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is facing attack after an ad outlined how his scientific research led to the deaths of more than 300 dogs.
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On October 3, Jezebel reported that when Oz was the “principal investigator” at the Columbia University Institute of Comparative Medicine between 1989 and 2010, his research resulted in the deaths of more than 300 dogs and “inflicted significant suffering” on them and other animals.

The new ad from the Senate Majority PAC focuses of the treatment of one dog that reportedly endured “29 days of unimaginable pain and suffering.”

“She wasn’t given a name, only a number: 6313,” a voiceover explains.

“For 29 days, she suffered in Mehmet Oz’s lab, leaking blood, not eating, struggling to breathe… 29 days of unimaginable pain and suffering until Oz took her for the last experiment.”

The voiceover added that the dog was “just one of 300 dogs killed in Oz’s lab. Mehmet Oz is unfit to be Pennsylvania’s senator.”

The ad was paid for by the Senate Majority PAC and ends with a disclaimer that says its contents were “not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.” The Senate Majority PAC has been contacted for comment.

The ad was circulated widely on Twitter, with progressive political commentator Brian Tyler Cohen describing it as “devastating.”

“Wow. Democrats are now running a devastating commercial against Dr. Oz for overseeing the killing of puppies,” he wrote in a tweet, alongside the ad that has been viewed more than 150,000 times.

Oof. A lot of people made jokes at Dr. Oz’s expense about the puppy killer story.

But as this new ad demonstrates, it really wasn’t a laughing matter. It was truly a horrific level of cruelty and malpractice that should disqualify him from holding any office. pic.twitter.com/wligMcGNaR

— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) October 12, 2022

Sawyer Hackett, a digital strategist and co-host of the Our America podcast, tweeted: “Oof. A lot of people made jokes at Dr. Oz’s expense about the puppy killer story. But as this new ad demonstrates, it really wasn’t a laughing matter. It was truly a horrific level of cruelty and malpractice that should disqualify him from holding any office.”

Jezebel‘s report said a review of 75 studies published by Oz revealed that his team conducted experiments on at least 1,027 live animal subjects, including dogs, pigs, calves, rabbits and small rodents.

Testimony from a whistleblower and veterinarian in the early 2000s about Oz’s research detailed the “extensive” suffering inflicted on the dogs, including multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act, according to the report.

Columbia University was ordered by the USDA to pay a $2,000 fine for violations of the Animal Welfare Act in 2004 after an internal investigation of Oz’s research, the report said.

The report led Fetterman to accuse his opponent of being a “puppy killer.”

“Dr. Oz isn’t going to be able to brush his puppy killing ways under the rug,” Fetterman wrote on Twitter. “Those of us who love our dogs won’t forget that he did something so sick + cruel.”

Newsweek has contacted Oz and Fetterman’s campaigns for comment.

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