Sports Illustrated* reports the story about Pepper, the Lakavage family's Dalmatian that was stolen from their farm in Pennsylvania in June 1965 and sold to a research facility in New York City. Pepper's theft and eventual death prompts Rep. Joseph Resnick (D-NY) to introduce a Laboratory Animal Welfare bill in Congress, an early milestone in the history of the Animal Welfare Act.
*Phinizy, Coles. “The Lost Pets That Stray to the Labs.” Sports Illustrated, November 29, 1965, www.si.com/vault/1965/11/29/612645/the-lost-pets-that-stray-to-the-labs. Accessed February 2, 2018.