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Loyola School of Medicine charged with 22 violations of federal law; dogs and rabbits slaughtered because of negligence at university

Monday, July 21, 2008
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)
attn: News Desk

CHICAGO, IL – Recently obtained federal reports reveal mounting violations of the Animal Welfare Act within the labs of Loyola University, according to the national research watchdog group SAEN.

The 22 violations amassed by Loyola during three inspections include inadequate veterinary care, repeat violations by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee, unqualified personnel, and the filing of potentially fraudulent reports with regulatory agencies.

Negligence took the lives of several dogs due to non-existent post surgical care. Rabbits died of infections or from botched experimental procedures, said SAEN.

“The negligence at Loyola had been fatal to five dogs and 7 rabbits, and others suffered without veterinary care” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “This facility must face serious consequences,” he said.
One experiment involving dogs had a 44 percent mortality rate. Reporting errors included inaccurate reporting of experiments involving dogs. The Animal Welfare Act violations occurred during three consecutive inspections from March of 2006 - November 2007. The Loyola Animal Care and Use Committee racked up 18 infractions. One of the violations was fraudulent reporting and two other related to inadequate veterinary care.

“If a medical school can’t adequately supervise experiments involving dogs and rabbits then those projects should be immediately terminated,” said Budkie, who has contacted Loyola University Pres. Michael J. Garanzini, to demand an immediate inspection tour of all Loyola research facilities.

The USDA inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.


See: Loyola University, Maywood, IL for more information
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