Botched Surgery Kills Dog at UMDNJ; Princeton hit with Multiple Federal violations USDA Issues Damning Reports

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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Botched Surgery Kills Dog at UMDNJ; Princeton hit with Multiple Federal violations
USDA Issues Damning Reports

NEWARK/PRINCETON, NJ – Recently obtained federal reports reveal major violations of the Animal Welfare Act within the labs of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Princeton, according to the national research watchdog group SAEN.

According to a June 9, 2010 USDA inspection report a dog died when UMDNJ staff neglected to get veterinary care for the animal for 3 days after a botched surgery.

The USDA cited UMDNJ repeatedly for inadequate veterinary care and for inadequate functioning by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee.

According to SAEN, the UMDNJ incident is part of a broadening scandal in which over 30 labs have now killed over 130 animals through negligence.

Meanwhile, Princeton University has also been the target of a scathing USDA inspection report of June 23, 2010. In issuing 13 separate citations against Princeton, the USDA focused on a highly invasive project which deprives primates of water and implants devices into the skull.

Princeton is cited for inadequate functioning of the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee no less than six times in the USDA document, with most of the infractions relevant to the same monkey experiment. Princeton researchers failed to use approved anesthetic methods, performed unapproved surgical procedures, and failed to administer post-op pain relievers properly.

Princeton was also cited repeatedly for inadequate veterinary care, as well as filing fraudulent reports and inadequate housing/facilities.

“The negligence and deceit practiced at both UMDNJ and Princeton has prompted heavy fire from the USDA,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “Now these facilities should face serious consequences,” added Budkie.

The USDA inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.


See Also:
Princeton University
USDA: Princeton University mishandled lab primates

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