Kalamazoo lab Negligence kills puppy and 135 rabbits; Watchdog Group calls for Six-Figure Fine

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Please contact the Director of the USDA’s Eastern Regional Office to insist that she take immediate action against MPI Research for negligence that killed 135 rabbits and 1 puppy. The USDA MUST issue a fine!

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC27606
(919) 855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 16, 2014
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865 (cell)
 
Kalamazoo lab Negligence kills puppy & 135 rabbits; Watchdog Group calls for Six-Figure Fine

MATTAWAN/KALAMAZOO, MI – National Research Watchdog Group, SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW) has filed an Official Complaint for the deaths of 136 animals, as disclosed in controversial MPI Research correspondence.
 
Internal MPI Research documents reveal an incident in which negligence caused a a spiral facture of the tibia of 12 week old beagle puppy, which resulted in killing the dog.
 
Additional MPI Research documents reveal the killing of 135 rabbits due to negligence.  134 were killed after veterinary negligence damaged the rabbits' eyes with improper needle insertion.

Additionally, MPI Research euthanized a rabbit following an incident in which the animal's pelvis was fractured.
 
SAEN has filed an Official Complaint with the USDA alleging improper animal handling and use of unqualified personnel by MPI Research. The complaint calls for the maximum penalty of $10,000 per infraction. If levied out for each animal, this fine could exceed $130,000.
 
The bone fractures are part of ongoing animal handling violations at MPI. In February of 2013 MPI was fined $6,911 by the USDA, for multiple incidents which included 3 injuries caused by improper animal handling.
 
“The USDA must impose a more severe fine since MPI Research negligence has now killed another 136 animals,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.  “MPI Research is a repeat offender exhibiting multiple incidents of fatal negligence, they deserve the maximum penalty.”
 
Multiple labs have recently been cited for non-compliance with the Animal Welfare Act following SAEN complaints including University of Washington, Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Houston, Alpha Genesis (SC), University of California (Davis), and Wake Forest University.
 
All MPI correspondence is available upon request from SAEN.
 
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