The charge is cruelty to animals. I too as most ethical humans will not tolerate or condone cruelty to any animal. Remarkably the group whose objections precipitated Morristown Hospital’s decision did not seem to object to the use of pigs
I will submit, however, that in these incidents the “do-gooders” are once again missing an essential fact by disregarding that the dogs are under anesthesia and those who are permanently damaged are painlessly put to death.
Although the source of the animals was not mentioned, I would presume that they were from shelters and were scheduled for euthanization because of an excessive long stay and no possibility of adoption.