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National Watchdog Organization Questions Source of Cleveland Clinic Dogs; Demands Federal Investigation 

For Immediate Release
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Contact: Michael Budkie 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)

Cleveland, OH – SAEN, a national research watchdog organization based in Ohio, announced today that it has requested a federal investigation of the sources, identification, and veterinary care of dogs used at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Documents from the Cleveland Clinic clearly discuss the use of ‘mongrel’ dogs,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s Executive Director. “Very often this term is a euphemism for dogs that have come from animal shelters.”

The Associated Press has reported that the Cleveland Clinic informed the USDA of an unapproved protocol where a “neurosurgeon had induced a brain aneurysm in a dog to demonstrate a medical device Wednesday to a group of 20 to 25 salespeople.”

“It would be the cruelest blow of all if the dog so callously murdered was the former pet of some unknowing resident of the Cleveland Metropolitan area,” added Budkie. “The public has a right to know the source of this poor dog who died so needlessly.”

Random source or pound dogs often suffer from bacterial infections as a result of shipping stress requiring substantial veterinary care. Additionally, these animals tend to be very poor research subjects as a result of their unknown medical history which can render dogs totally inappropriate for many of the highly invasive cardio-thoracic and neurological procedures performed at the Cleveland Clinic.

Correspondence sent to the USDA by SAEN as requested an examination of all documentation relevant to dogs at the Cleveland Clinic including identification and health care records.

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See: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

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