BOSTON (AP) — Cats and dogs which have been subjects in research institutions and product testing facilities could have a second shot at life under a bill the Massachusetts Senate has passed.

The bill would require research labs spare animals from automatic euthanasia and instead offer dogs and cats for adoption through animal rescue organizations.

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Sen. Bruce Tarr sponsored the bill. The Gloucester Republican said Thursday animals involved in research “make a tremendous sacrifice on behalf of our society,” and deserve every opportunity for adoption when their service is completed.

Animals that pose a risk to the health and safety of the public are exempted.

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About 80,000 cats and dogs are used for research and experimentation in the U.S. each year. Nearly 60,000 are beagles.

The bill now heads to the Massachusetts House.

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