Lovelace lab Fined $21,750 for Federal Violations; Watchdog Group Applauds fine – Hopes for Further Penalties in Recent Dog Deaths

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Please thank Dr. Gibbens for taking action against the Lovelace Lab, but further fines need to be assessed because negligence at this lab continues to kill animals ( a dog recently suffocated due to an improperly assembled anesthesia machine).

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
USDA/APHIS/AC
2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
Robert.M.Gibbens@usda.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 10, 2011
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN www.saenonline.org, saen@saenonline.org, (513) 575-5517

Attn: Assignment Desk

Lovelace lab Fined $21,750 for Federal Violations; Watchdog Group Applauds fine – Hopes for Further Penalties in Recent Dog Deaths

Washington, DC – Recently obtained federal reports reveal that the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (Albuquerque, NM) has been fined $21,750 by the USDA for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act over a three year period.

The agreement disclosing the penalty became available today, according to the national research watchdog group SAEN.

The most recent infraction cited in the penalty agreement centered on the suffocation death of a primate at the lab during 2009.

However, the violations at the lab have continued after the death of the primate. USDA inspection reports dated March 24th, 2010, reveal multiple incidents of negligence which took the lives of dogs. One incident killed a dog through suffocation due to a faulty modification of an anesthesia machine. This was the second time that a dog had received insufficient oxygen from this apparatus.

Another incident disclosed the exsanguinations of a dog in an unapproved, and therefore illegal, surgical procedure.

A third incident further revealed the ineptitude of Lovelace staff when a monkey was accidentally anesthetized twice in the same day. However in this instance the animal survived the procedure.

“The fine for the 2007 - 2009 incidents is definitely a step in the right direction,”said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. "However, negligence at thie facility has continued to kill animals. Further Fines should be assessed by thge USDA."

The penalty agreement, as well as recent inspection reports, are attached to this email.

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See also: USDA Investigative and Enforcement Services Settlement Agreement - 24 Jun 2011, $21,750 in Fines for Animal Welfare Act Violations - 13 Jun 2011 and Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Albuquerque, NM

Please thank Dr. Gibbens for taking action against the Lovelace Lab, but further fines need to be assessed because negligence at this lab continues to kill animals ( a dog recently suffocated due to an improperly assembled anesthesia machine).

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
USDA/APHIS/AC
2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
Robert.M.Gibbens@usda.gov

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