North Dakota State University Negligence Continues . . . .
In January of this year SAEN first exposed rampant animal abuse at
North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo. USDA reports revealed
that NDSU had over 20 separate AWA (Animal Welfare Act) violations in a
six month period. Animals at NDSU were denied veterinary care, and the
deaths of sheep were termed “minor deficiencies” by members of the NDSU
Animal Care Committee. This negligence culminated in the levying of a
$12,218 fine by the USDA in late 2007.
Our ongoing investigation of NDSU has unearthed startling incidents
of negligence and abuse described in grisly post-mortem records of NDSU
sheep. So far, these new findings are not part of any citations
previously levied by the USDA.
“Recent sheep deaths at NDSU have been caused by septicemia, toxemia,
and even gangrene,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s Executive
Director. “These deaths indicate inadequate veterinary care and
An examination of records for over 30 sheep who died at NDSU in the
last two years reveal many instances of abscesses (some of which had
burst), suppurative bronchopneumonia, meningoencephalitis, and other
One pregnant female sheep succumbed when her offspring died and
rotted in utero.
These documents raise serious questions about the deficient
veterinary care given to animals within NDSU’s research facilities. “The
severe bacterial conditions which killed dozens of sheep do not develop
overnight,” added Budkie. “Where were the NDSU vets? None of these
records mention any veterinary treatment whatsoever.”
SAEN has filed an official complaint with the USDA Western Regional
Office, demanding an investigation of the deaths of dozens of sheep at
NDSU and the totally inadequate veterinary care they receive.