USDA: Purdue Critically Non-Compliant in Death of Dog, Injury to Another
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Dr. Robert Gibbens
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Purdue University for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence caused the deaths of a dog, and burned another. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


USDA: Purdue Critically Non-Compliant in Death of Dog, Injury to Another

From, November 12, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University was critically non-compliant in the injury of one dog and the death of another during a research study, according to an inspection report filed by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The inspection happened on Sept. 28.

The report states one animal was burned because of the unapproved use of a heating device during surgery. Another animal overdosed because of an unapproved dosing chart for an anticoagulant medication. But the issues were corrected by the time of the inspection.

Michael Budkie, co-founder of the advocacy group Stop Animal Exploitation Now, is calling for the USDA to fully prosecute these incidents.

"It's very rare that they do anything more than levying a fine and depending on how many animals they say were involved, as I said, it could be $10,000 per infraction, per animal," he says.

As News 18 previously reported, Budkie filed a complaint in May with the USDA after Purdue disclosed the death of three dogs and an injury to a fourth during a research study.

"There a very serious issues which take place in animal laboratories and this has to draw into question the validity of anything that's being done," he says.

Purdue spokesperson Tim Doty confirmed in an email the inspection was related to the incidents earlier this year.

He also provided the following statement:

"The university is deeply committed to the responsible conduct of research, including the protection of animals used in connection with research. The university received a report of unforeseen adverse events involving research animals in February. Purdue’s laboratory animal program investigated the matter immediately, working with the research teams to identify the reasons for the adverse events and prevent recurrence. The university self-reported the results of the investigation to federal agencies in March and stands ready to assist those agencies in any way necessary to protect the welfare of the animals under its care."

News 18 reached out to the USDA for a statement but did not hear back.

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