Watchdog Group Complaint targets Oklahoma State University as 15 animals die of thirst;  Calls for Federal Investigation and Fine

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 18, 2013
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)
 
Watchdog Group Complaint targets Oklahoma State University as 15 animals die of thirst;  Calls for Federal Investigation and Fine
 
STILLWATER, OK  – A National Research Watchdog Group, SAEN, has filed a federal complaint against the Oklahoma State University for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act, and is calling for a federal investigation and a significant fine following the dehydration deaths of 15 animals.
 
A recent USDA inspection report dated 9/13/13 cites the Oklahoma State University for three  non-compliances with the Animal Welfare Act.  Chief among the violations was failure to provide water, which caused the dehydration deaths of 15 voles.
 
According to the USDA report, an inspector found multiple cages with empty water bottles in mid-July.
 
The remaining violations in the USDA inspection included an infraction for inadequate veterinary care, as well a non-compliance for inadequate enclosures.
 
“Negligence at the Oklahoma State University caused 15 animals to die of thirst,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.   “Serious animal abuse like this must be severely punished.”
 
"The public should be very upset about negligence like this," added Budkie.  "If the staff at Oklahoma State University can't even hang a water bottle on a cage, then why should anyone believe they are capable of doing scientific research?"
 
The USDA inspection report and relevant documentation is available upon request from SAEN.
 
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