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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Tb Holdings for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their ineptitude carelessly killed a calf and caused suffering to many other calves and dogs.
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Research company cited for poor care of animals: San Carlos facility performs surgical experiments on dogs, calves
By Bill Silverfarb,, October 28, 2015

A San Carlos company that performs surgical experiments on dogs and other animals has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for several offenses including letting them die in pain and being housed in enclosures with excessive accumulation of feces and urine.

TB Holdings on Bing Street was inspected Aug. 27 by a veterinary medical officer who found that some of the dogs the company had experimented on had open lesions and scabbing, others had dental problems and others had difficulty moving.

The offenses are violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the health and wellness of the animals used in biomedical testing.

On Tuesday, a national watchdog group called for the USDA to levy the maximum fine against the company.

Michael Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now, or SAEN, sent a letter to the USDA Monday urging it to consider the company a repeat offender of the Animal Welfare Act.

The company came under fire in 2014 for testing chemical products and medicine on dogs, especially beagles because of their size and temperament.

The USDA report does not detail what breed of dogs TB Holdings was testing, however. Officials with TB Holdings could not be reached Tuesday.

The Sept. 17, USDA report cites TB Holdings for denying euthanasia to a calf that was breathing abnormally. Another calf was denied pain relief after surgery, while other calves are described as “soiled over the right hind leg and feces were noted in its otherwise empty plastic feeder. Most of the flooring surfaces were affected, thus the animals were unable to avoid exposure to their excrement.”

“It is clear that the staff of this facility are unable to perform even the most basic procedures which are part of animal husbandry such as cleaning enclosures, providing veterinary care, etc.,” Budkie wrote in the letter to the USDA.

He questions whether the company’s work has any “scientific merit” considering how the animals were discovered.

TB Holdings is a preclinical contract research organization specializing in medical device testing. It provides surgical services, medical device testing and pharmaceutical product development.

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