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 National Research Watchdog Releases Internal NDSU Documents; Calls Sheep Deaths Negligent; Demands Federal Probe

Thursday, April 24, 2008
Contact: Michael Budkie
513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)

National Research Watchdog Releases Internal NDSU Documents; Calls Sheep Deaths Negligent; Demands Federal Probe

FARGO, ND – SAEN, A National Research Watchdog organization has announced the release of grisly post mortem records for sheep who died at North Dakota State University.

“Recent sheep deaths at NDSU have been caused by septicemia, toxemia, and even gangrene,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “These deaths indicate inadequate veterinary care, and potential negligence”

An examination of records for over 30 sheep who died at NDSU in the last two years reveal many instances of abscesses (some burst), suppurative bronchopneumonia, meningoencephalitis, and other infectious diseases. One pregnant female sheep died when her offspring died and rotted in utero.

Serious questions have been raised about the quality of veterinary care given to animals within NDSU’s research facilities. “The severe bacterial conditions which killed dozens of sheep do not develop overnight,” added Budkie. “Where were the NDSU vets? None of these records mention any veterinary treatment whatsoever.”

SAEN has filed an official complaint with the USDA Western Regional Office, demanding an investigation of the deaths of dozens of sheep at NDSU.

Government reports reveal that NDSU had over 20 separate AWA violations in a six month period. Animals at NDSU were denied veterinary care, and the deaths of sheep were termed “minor deficiencies” by NDSU Animal Care Committee members. Additionally, NDSU was fined $12,218 by the USDA in late 2007.

The approximately 2 dozen infractions included lack of a qualified veterinarian, use of drugs which had been expired for as much as 8 years, untreated animal deaths, and numerous violations by the NDSU Animal Care Committee.

All NDSU internal documents are available upon request.


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