ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A National Research Watchdog Group, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), says they obtained a federal government report that documented a Washington University staffer who “beat a dog like a punching bag.”
According to a release sent by SEAN, the beating incident was reported following “a verbal allegation from an individual reporting his observation of a lab tech striking a conscious dog in the head with a closed fist.” The release says the employee in question had a “history of past rough handling of animals.”
The university said the staff member is no longer employed at the university.
“Washington University must be severely punished for allowing this incident to take place,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “This USDA should throw the book at this abusive lab.”
SEAN has filed an official compliant with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The organization is hoping for a penalty of $10,000 for each infraction.