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Vet Research Lab Says Allegations from Animal Rights Group are Untrue

From Texoma', November 3, 2011

An Ohio watch dog group is calling for federal action to be taken on a Texoma research lab. Sharp Veterinary Research is located in Vernon and in August, an inspection report by the U.S.D.A. Indicated that 17 dogs and 15 cats had died within the past year.

The report goes on to say that none of the animals had diagnostics performed prior to treatment or death. Marvin Sharp owns the facility, and he says the allegations from an animal rights group are not true. He says that at his veterinary research facility, the primary work right now is testing the effectiveness of flea and tick drugs on cats and dogs.

At the sharp vet research, the sounds of more than 100 dogs and cats welcome research workers as they begin their daily work. But a recent routine inspection by the U.S.D.A. is putting the research facility under the glare of a microscope. And now one animal right's group is demanding a federal investigation.

"It bothers me it really does. And like I say he is their executive director and wants to keep his job. And I am not knocking PETA and these other animal rights that's fine, but some times they talk before they find out what the situation is," says owner Marvin Sharp.

Michael Budkie is the executive director of the animal right's group, "Stop Animal Exploitation Now".

He and his group say the deaths of 17 dogs and 15 cats and poor documentation at Sharp's research lab, prompted them to contact the U.S.D.A. And ask that the lab receive the maximum penalty allowed.

"We had more dogs than we needed. We just culled some of them. I put them to sleep, humanely. We put them to sleep. That's part of the that's cited. That does sound like a lot, but we had a lot of dogs that we didn't need," said Sharp.

Sharp says the problems he'd been cited for by the U.S.D.A. have been corrected, and he has reported back to the U.S.D.A. inspector who wrote the initial report.

Sharps feels his work is saving the lives of more animals because his lab is helping to come up with more effective drugs.

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