USDA Slaps Athen TRS Lab with $26,179 Federal Fine; Watchdog Group Applauds USDA Action

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517

USDA Slaps Athens’ TRS Lab with $26,179 Federal Fine; Watchdog Group Applauds USDA Action

ATHENS, GA – The USDA has levied a $26,179 fine against TRS labs of Athens (GA).  The federal fine follows the filing of two Official Complaints by National Research Watchdog Group SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!).
 
Dogs at the facility had lesions, growths, oozing wounds, severely overgrown claws, severe "greenish gray concretion on multiple teeth," etc.
 
Federal reports had documented negligence at TRS lab of Athens (GA) which left multiple animals sick/dying resulting in 23 federal violations in four inspections during 2012, with additional violations continuing into 2013.  Violations effected dozens of dogs (up to 55 in one report), cats, gerbils, etc.
 
In the most recent USDA inspection (8/13) TRS was cited for inadequate veterinary care and inadequate enclosures.  An earlier  USDA inspection (7/9/12) cited TRS for five violations for inadequate veterinary care, housing/facilities and enclosures.  One key incident involved a dog who had a seizure during the inspection.
 
Another (6/24) USDA report reveals eight violations in areas of inadequate veterinary care, research supervision by the lab’s Animal Care & Use Committee, and inadequate enclosures. 
 
Dozens of sick animals including dogs and gerbils have been documented by federal inspectors.  One animal had “severe bite wounds.”  Another showed signs of a severe bacterial infection.
 
“Allowing animals to suffer and die unnecessarily is in excusable,”  said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director SAEN.  "TRS deserved every penny of this fine, and more.  It is good to see the USDA taking action following the filing of SAEN's complaints."
 
The USDA fine document and inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.

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