OHSU fined $12K for monkey deaths, escapes

OHSU fined $12K for monkey deaths, escapes

OHSU fined $12K for monkey deaths, escapes

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by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

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Posted on August 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 21 at 2:25 PM

SALEM -- Oregon Health & Science University has paid a $12,000 fine following the deaths of five monkeys and the escape of nine others from the Oregon National Primate Research Center in 2009.

University officials said Tuesday they agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and paid the fine earlier this year. A group opposed to animal testing called the fine "paltry."

Two monkeys died from dehydration when a new water system didn't work at the Hillsboro research center. Three others died from drug errors.

Nine monkeys escaped from their cages after a worker forgot to latch a door to an outdoor cage, and the last wasn't captured until two days later.

OHSU officials say they've retrained staff, built new fencing and taken other steps to ensure the mistakes aren't repeated.

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