Complaint filed after Oklahoma State worker shoots rabbit

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Complaint filed after Oklahoma State worker shoots rabbit

From Associated Press, Wednesday, January 7, 2015

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Federal agriculture officials are looking into a complaint that an Oklahoma State University employee euthanized a rabbit by shooting it with a rifle.

The Tulsa World reported Wednesday that an U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report said the school’s attending veterinarian is the only person authorized to euthanize an animal.

A complaint by the Ohio group Stop Animal Exploitation Now said a campus facility manger killed a research rabbit suffering from a communicable intestinal disease last August. The university had told the National Institutes of Health that when the animal was non-responsive, the facility manager shot it with a .22-caliber rifle.

A university spokesman said the school reported the incident to the USDA and the U.S. Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, and took corrective actions with the worker.

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