UW spokesman: violations have been remedied

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UW spokesman: violations have been remedied

By Joshua Roberts, LaramieBoomerang.com, Monday, September 24, 2012

A University  of Wyoming spokesman cited a “communication breakdown” between researchers and an attending veterinarian in connection to 2010 violations of the Animal Welfare Act that resulted in the school being fined $8,571.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service fined the university for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act, stemming from an August 2010 inspection.

The infractions related to “denying adequate veterinary care to research animals within the lab, potentially leading to the death of at least one animal,” Stop Animal Exploitation NOW, an animal advocacy group, reported in a news release.

SAEN, according to its website, was founded in 1996 as an agency designed to “force an end to the abuse of animals in laboratories.”

In the inspection, several goats were deemed to have “very thin body conditions” with “ribs visible and hip bones protruding,” SAEN reported. Several animals were also described as having signs of severe gastrointestinal tract disease.

UW spokesman Chad Baldwin said the communication lapse was remedied. He described the oversight as an isolated incident.

“We remedied the problem immediately,” he said Friday.

SAEN reported that one of the animals died and a post-mortem examination revealed the animal had coccidial oocysts, a treatable parasitic condition “which should not have been fatal.”

“It is clear from the federal report that staff veterinarians for the University of Wyoming were not involved in treating seriously ill animals,” SAEN Executive Director Michael Budkie said in a news release. “This kind of negligence may literally have killed one animal and should have received a much more substantial fine.

“This violation took the life of an animal that did not have to die.”  

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