Stun Gun Animal Study

Animal (Dog) Study

Due to the increasing number of dangerous dogs being kept by unqualified persons, a safe and effective, and yet human, method is needed to subdue large and dangerous animals. The stun gun is quick, effective, and humane, causing no adverse short or long term effects on the animal, but providing the carrier with sure fire protection.

METHOD:

A pilot study was done using a 252 gram female rat. The rat was anethticized using .4 ml of 2.5% Nembutal (Sodium Pentothal) injected intraperitoneally. The animal was hooked to the ECG recorder using subcutaneous probes to the right and left legs and left arm. Normal tracings were recorded. The animal was shocked with the chart speed at 5.0 cm/sec, but the shock caused a large disturbance of in the equipment and the recording needle could not be realigned quickly and as result no data were obtained. Two more shocks of approx. 1 second in duration were administered and data were recorded at a chart speed of 2.5 cm/sec. The heart rates of before and after were calculated. The whole animal would contract at the moment of the shock, but normal respiration would resume afterward. No burns or evidence thereof appeared on the skin of the animal, however, in a test shock of an unrestrained animal a small amount of hair was singed, presumably due to poor contact and arcing through the hair.

A 10 Kg female dog approx. 10 months of age was lightly sedated and carefully restrained to avoid injury to the animal. The ECG probes were attached subcutaneously as before. Normal tracings were recorded at 2.5 cm/sec. Shocks of approx. 1 sec. in duration were administered and where possible data were recorded. Three shocks in all were administered in 11 minutes. During the first shock, given in the left shoulder area, the involuntary muscle contraction of the animal pulled out a probe and recording was lost. The following two shocks caused such a disturbance of our equipment that no immediate recording was possible but continuous chart rolling and timing allowed for tracing to be recorded at accurate post shock intervals. As in the rat experiments the dog returned immediately to normal breathing and there was no damage to the skin or hair of the dog. Heart rates of before, during, and after were calculated.

RESULTS:

Heart Rates of Rat:

Before 8.25 beats/sec
Post Shock 1 4.16 beats/sec
Post Shock 2 5.07 beats/sec

Heart Rates of Dog:

Before 130 beats/min
Post Shock 1 162 beats/min
Post Shock 2 122 beats/min
Post Shock 3 150 beats/min

In both cases, the animals heats rates were back within normal range in minutes. Also, both animals were up and around and behaving normally within 30 minutes. Both animals were observed for 7 days afterward and appeared normal in every way.

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