NEW YORK, Nov. 4, 1957 (UP) - Animal lovers the world over arose today and charged the Russians were "fiends" for sending a dog into space. Even a Russian housewife was quoted as saying:
"What's going to happen to the poor animal?"
The Russians replied that they, too, love dogs, but prefer people.
A Soviet embassy spokesman in London, replying to protest by Britain's canine defense league, said "many human volunteers" offered to go up in Sputnik II, "but the authorities were unable to accept the sacrifice."
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it would urge the State Department to lodge an official protest with the Russian embassy.
A British delegation which carried its protest to the Soviet embassy in London was received by First Secretary Yuri Modin. Two lady Boxer dogs which accompanied the delegates were not invited in, however.
League Secretary R. Harvey Johns said Modin told the group: "This is for the ultimate benefit of humanity. The Russians also love dogs, and this little dog was specially trained for the job. Every care was taken for its comfort."
In New York, Mrs. Kibbe Riddel, president of the Bid-a-Wee Home Association Inc., an animal protective organization, wired Soviet Ambassador Georgi Zaroubin in Washington: "On behalf of defenseless animals the world over, I condemn this atrocity."
One of the first to react in the United States was Mrs. Irene Castle McLaughlin Enzinger, member of the pre-World War I dance team of Vernon and Irene Castle, but most recently an avid anti-vivisectionist and champion of animals.
Mrs. Enzinger said it was all right for men to be sent into space because "they can decide for themselves" whether they want to make such a trip.
"After all, they (dogs) have no chance to speak up as to whether they want to be used in these experiments." Mrs. Enzinger said, "It's morally, spiritually and ethically wrong.
"The Russians say the dog is still alive. Isn't that horrible? He's probably whining, lonely and petrified with fear of the dark."