April 6, 2012
1081-B St. Rt. 28 #280
Milford, Ohio 45150
Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer 4/6/12
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
I am writing to you today to file an Official Complaint against
the Methodist Research Institute Indiana University Health of
Indianapolis, IN (32-R-0009).
The recent USDA Inspection report dated 3/1/12 delineates seven
serious violations which seriously impacted dogs at this facility.
One of these infractions killed a dog through negligence.
This report lists a situation in which a dog died during a
surgical procedure due to not being fasted before the surgery. Many
other violations discuss improper administration of pain relievers
to dogs, causing them to experience serious pain. One such incident
describes a dog who was “very sedate from pain and not eating” after
being given less than half of the prescribed dose of a pain
The inspection report also lists non-compliances for improperly
constructed protocols which failed to fully seek alternatives.
Personnel also expressed reluctance to report animal welfare
concerns due to potential reprisals.
In summary, this laboratory killed one dog through negligence,
allowed another to unnecessarily experience severe pain, improperly
constructed research protocols, failed to look for alternatives, and
staff are afraid to report animal welfare issues.
The facility’s Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee is cited
for four separate infractions, and the lab is also cited for
violating sections of the code relevant to Personnel Qualifications,
Adequate Veterinary Care, and Animal Handling.
I know that your office considers major violations of the Animal
Welfare Act to be very serious in nature, especially when these
violations take the lives of animals. The treatment of animals at
this facility illustrates attitudes of carelessness and negligence
that must be punished so that meaningful changes can be made.
Therefore, I also insist that you take the most severe action
allowable under the Animal Welfare Act and immediately begin the
process of issuing a fine against the Methodist Research Institute
Indiana University Health of Indianapolis, IN (32-R-0009) at the
completion of your investigation.
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future about the
fate of this facility.
Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN
Attachments: Methodist Research Institute Indiana University
Health of Indianapolis Inspection Report
Rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have been excluded from
coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. Therefore research facility reports
do not include these animals. As a result of this situation, a blank
report, or one with few animals listed, does not mean that a facility
has not performed experiments on non-reportable animals. A blank form
does mean that the facility in question has not used covered animals
(primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, pigs, sheep,
goats, etc.). Rats and mice alone are believed to comprise over 90% of
the animals used in experimentation. Therefore the majority of animals
used at research facilities are not even counted.
welcome your comments and questions