SAEN Exposes Dog & Rabbit Abuse at Loyola University (IL)
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! is currently obtaining government
inspection reports for every laboratory in the U.S. so that we can
thoroughly assess both the functioning of the United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) in enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act as well
as conditions within each and every laboratory in the nation. This
process has allowed us to reveal terrible abuses within many facilities,
such as the horrific situation at the Southwest Foundation for
Biomedical Research, where a baboon was recently dissected before death
Information which we recently received from the USDA revealed a
ghastly situation at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Negligence at
this laboratory has cut short the lives of many dogs and rabbits.
March of 2006 - November 2007, Loyola racked up 22 separate violations
of the Animal Welfare Act. The Loyola Animal Care and Use Committee was
responsible for 18 of these infractions. Other violations included
fraudulent reporting and inadequate veterinary care.
The inspection report, dated November of 2007, related an incident
where an apparently untrained technician botched a procedure which
resulted in taking the life of a rabbit. On October 31, 2007, a
procedure was done to procure a bone marrow sample from rabbit #2630.
This procedure was bungled so badly that the rabbit’s leg was fractured,
and the animal had to be euthanized on the following day. All together,
three rabbits died as a result of this incompetence.
Another procedure was performed on a different group of rabbits that
injected them with bacterial agents. Three of these rabbits died. The
“The significance and severity of the
lesions found at necropsy requires the PI to reassess the procedures,
methods, and agents being used.”
were also dying at Loyola due to negligence. The experiment in which
these dogs suffered and died involved a tissue graft. However, the real
issue was inadequate post-surgical monitoring of the animals.
Apparently, the animals were not monitored overnight. In fact, at one
point, five out of seven dogs used in the procedure died (two were found
dead in the morning, and three had to be euthanized the day after
surgery). After initial recovery from anesthesia, these animals were not
monitored for anywhere from 10.5 – 15 hours.
On Monday, July 21st, SAEN released all of the horrible
details of Loyola’s negligence to the Chicago news media, and
the response was amazing. The Associated Press ran a story that appeared
in over 35 media outlets across five states. Both Chicago Tribune
and Chicago Sun-Times ran major stories. Over 1.2
million people read these two newspapers every day. The news about
Loyola was also covered by WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR radio station.