Violet was less than a year old when Julie Germany met her, and to the best of Germany's knowledge, the dog had never set foot outside.
The coonhound was born and bred to be a test subject in a government-funded lab, according to Germany. In early 2014, when Germany met Violet, the dog was living in a cage in this lab, located in the basement of a building in Washington, D.C. There, doctors practiced surgical techniques on her young body, according to Germany.
At the time, Germany was a volunteer at the lab, visiting once a week during her lunch break to spend time with the dogs and show them some love. (Germany said she cannot disclose the exact location of the lab out of fear that providing more details will deter those in charge from allowing volunteers to visit or adoptions to take place.)
Violet, of all of them, stood out to Germany the most. "She had the biggest, saddest eyes I had ever seen," she told The Dodo.