USDA: Dog dealer who sold to GRU violated Animal Welfare Act

USDA: Dog dealer who sold to GRU violated Animal Welfare Act

Documents show that the U.S. Department of Agriculture filed a complaint in September against the dealer who sells dogs to Georgia Regents University for experiments.

The complaint claims that Kenneth Schroeder, the Class B animal dealer who sold dogs to GRU, "willfully violated the Animal Welfare Act" by obtaining dogs from unlicensed sources and leaving waste and soiled shavings in the dogs' enclosures.

The document, filed on Sept. 19 by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a division of the USDA, also claims that Schroeder denied inspectors access to his facilities, records and animals on several occasions from 2011 to 2013.

GRU officials said they do buy dogs from Schroeder but were unaware of the USDA complaint filed against him. During a press conference Wednesday, Mark Hamrick, Senior Vice President for Research at GRU said the dogs were "obtained from a vendor licensed and inspected by the USDA."

Hamrick also said the experiments at GRU "are reviewed with great scrutiny by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee, as required by federal guidelines, and this review board includes scientists, clinical veterinarians and community members."

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