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National Research Watchdog Organization Files for USDA Investigation Of USF Following Whistleblower Complaint

Wednesday, June 8, 2005
National contact-- Michael Budkie – 513-575-5517
513-703-9865 (cell)

Urgent News Conference Advisory

Tampa, FL – A national research watchdog organization, SAEN, has requested an investigation of University of South Florida (USF) after receiving an anonymous complaint from a whistleblower.

The news conference announcing the complaint will be held on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30 a.m. in front of the VA medical facility on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. across from the USF Medical Center near the Pedestrian Bridge.

“Information given to us by a whistleblower clearly indicates a grave situation at the University of South Florida which has taken the lives of several animals,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s Executive Director. “We have asked for swift and decisive action by the USDA.”

SAEN has also launched an independent investigation of USF by requesting animal health care records from USF. “We intend to find out exactly what is happening inside this facility,” added Budkie.

The University of South Florida has a history of substantial animal Welfare Act violations dating back into the late 1990’s. Examples of recent violations include incidents where dogs received first, second and third degree burns.


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