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UW-Madison pays fine for animal welfare violations

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison agrees to pay a $35,000 fine to settle a number of federal animal welfare violations between 2007 and 2013.

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials issued seven research citations to the university. They include euthanizing a dog without the knowledge of the campus' attending veterinarian, failing to note a gerbil was ill, peeling paint in a primate housing facility; expired or improperly labeled medication, and allowing a cat to get burned during an operation. UW-Madison officials say the cat fully recovered.

The university released a statement Monday describing the settlement, saying the USDA could have fined the university twice as much and noting the violations were small given the size of the school's animal program.

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