MORGANTOWN W.Va. (WDTV) - According to the SAEN three more animals have died at West Virginia University.
This comes after WVU was previously cited by the USDA for the deaths of 16 sheep back in March 2016.
According to reports two lambs have died, one entangled in a feed bunk, and the other killed by an infection. Both had extensive rat bite wounds.
The report also says that a body, assumed to be that of a cow previously reported missing, was found in the pasture in an advanced stage of decomposition, and that the employees were never instructed to perform routine headcounts of the cows.
5 News has reached out to WVU for comment, but have not recieved any word back at this time.
The full press release can be found below.
MORGANTOWN, WV – Three more animals have died at West Virginia University laboratories, according to government disclosures from inspections February through May 2016, said a research watchdog group today.
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has already cited WVU for negligent deaths of 16 sheep in March of this year for violating federal law, said SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now), which monitors the nation's research facilities for animal abuse and violations of law.
SAEN said internal reports dated February 2, describe the deaths of two lambs – one entangled in a feed bunk, and the other succumbed to infection – both had extensive rat bite wounds. The report also discloses that a carcass, assumed to be that of a cow previously reported missing, was found in the pasture in an advanced stage of decomposition. The employees were never instructed to perform routine headcounts of the cows.
A USDA inspection report dated March 15, 2016 cites WVU for inadequate veterinary care involving the deaths of 11 sheep in an experiment. The protocol was suspended pending determination of the cause, but upon re-starting the research, five more animals died.
“Negligence at WVU has killed a large number of animals,” said Stacey Ellison, research analyst, SAEN. “It is time for the USDA to seriously penalize West Virginia University for negligent animal abuse, and violating federal laws.”
All documents are available upon request from SAEN