Two research dogs at LSU killed after accident; national group wants school fined
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Louisiana State University for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence fatally poisoned two dogs. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Two research dogs at LSU killed after accident; national group wants school fined
By Mark Ballard,, December 7, 2017

Two research dogs were recently killed after being accidentally exposed to a toxic chemical in what appears to be LSU’s fourth incident involving lab animals.

The National Institutes of Health concurred with the “actions taken” by LSU to bring the facility into compliance after what the university called an accident.

But a national group that advocates humane care for lab animals demands federal regulators fine LSU $20,000.

“It’s a big deal when animals are killed through negligence and they experience horrific deaths as was the case here. LSU should be made an example of,” said Michael A. Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now, known as SAEN and pronounced “sane.”

LSU administrative and Vet School officials did not respond Thursday to repeated communications seeking comment and additional information.

The two dogs were found “down in their runs,” Joel D. Baines, dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, wrote in reporting the incident to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at the National Institutes of Health. Apparently, tubing from a disinfectant dispenser allowed undiluted quaternary ammonium to run across the pen into a drain. The dogs got the chemical disinfectant on their paws and stomachs, licked those regions to relieve the pain and ingested the compound that causes burns.

The dogs were in such bad shape when found the next morning, Sept. 2, 2016, and responded so poorly to treatment that LSU euthanized them.

Baines speculated that the tubing’s fittings degenerated over time, then birds or rodents got on the tubing and caused it to break away from its mounting. LSU has since attached a clamp to prevent a reoccurrence.

What LSU’s Baines calls accidental, SAEN’s Budkie calls reckless.

“Those hoses don’t just come off. This kind of thing doesn’t happen in 30 seconds. An accident like this would have gone on an extended period of time,” Budkie said, adding that LSU researchers would have noticed had they been checking regularly, which is part of the protocol.

“More disturbingly, this incident appears to be part of larger pattern of negligence,” he said. “It demonstrates an attitude to both the research and to the animals.”

Budkie pointed to three other incidents in 2016 and early 2017 — two at the Vet School and one at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

In September 2016 a cage was left open at the Vet School, allowing a rat that had just undergone implantation surgery to escape, according to letters university officials are required to send to report incidents to the NIH. When caught, the rodent was euthanized, following procedure, to prevent the introduction of pathogens to wild rats.

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