Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Animal Welfare Group Calls on USDA to Fine Purina for Accidental Death of a Cat

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Animal Welfare Group Calls on USDA to Fine Purina for Accidental Death of a Cat

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An animal-welfare organization said Wednesday that it had filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, calling on the federal agency to fine Nestl Purina PetCare for accidentally killing a cat at one of the company's Missouri facilities.

The Ohio-based group SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) is calling for the maximum penalty of $10,000 for the death in January of Tyson, a dark gray cat that was left in a dark gray sanitizing cage washer, according to an inspection report by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

"Any USDA penalty cannot possibly be adequate," SAEN's co-founder Michael Budkie said in a statement. "They can't bring this cat back to life, or erase the horror of Tyson's death."

The August report was made after St. Louis-based Purina self-reported the accident.

Tyson was part of a feeding study in which the company tests pet foods' palatability and digestibility. …

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