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CIA Declassified – MkUltras Remote Controlled Dogs in the 1960’s

CIA Declassified – MkUltras Remote Controlled Dogs in the 1960’s

CIA Declassified - Remote Controlled Dogs in the 1960's

If you’re on this site you’re probably familiar with MkUltra. The CIA’s secret project with the goal of controling the minds of humans using various techniques.

What you may not know and what declassified documents now show actually happened, is MkUltra was working on and achieved the ability to control the minds of animals as well. Which included the creation of remote controlled dogs

Using psychotropic drugs, electrical shocks and radio waves—they created field operational, remote-controlled dogs.

They were able to achieve this crime against humanity by implanting an electrical device into the brain of a dog through a series of surgeries.

Diagram showing the device implanted into the brain of dogs for creating remote controlled dogs.
Diagram showing the device implanted into the brain of dogs for creating remote controlled dogs.

Delivering electrical stimulation to a dog’s brain involved some gruesome side effects, including “infection at the electrode site due to a failure of the surgical wound to heal.”

After trying out a plastic helmet, they instead settled on a new surgical technique that involved,

“embedding the electrode entirely within a mound of dental cement on the skull and running the leads subcutaneously to a point between the shoulder blades, where the leads are brought to the surface and affixed to a standard dog harness.”

After implanting electrodes deep in the subject dog’s brain, a battery pack and stimulator was added to the harness, through which signals could be sent to the electrodes.

“The stimulator had to be reliable and capable of sufficient voltage output to be usable in the face of expected impedance variation across individual dogs.”

The dogs could be made to run, sit, turn, lift and lower their heads all at a considerable distance away.

The papers state as many as six remote controlled dogs of various breeds were successfully created by the CIA. However, it fails to state the purpose of creating such animals.


Apparently, they had no plans of stopping with remote controlled dogs. One file (which has been previously declassified) details, with heavy redactions, the practical possibilities of training and equipping cats for “foreign situation” field work

The next time you see a dog running around acting crazy, be on the look out for a CIA officer holding a remote control. You never know, crazier things have happened.

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