USDA fines UW $8,571 for goat neglect

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined the University of Wyoming more than $8,500 for neglecting some genetically modified kid goats.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says the young goats included two that were very thin and one that died of an intestinal parasite.

The goats had been genetically engineered for research into producing fibers as strong as spider silk.

The federal agency alleged two Animal Welfare Act violations. One was for not notifying a veterinarian about the problems with the animals. The other was for failing to remove expired veterinary medication from treatment areas so that the medicines wouldn't be used.

The problems turned up during a 2010 inspection. University spokesman Chad Baldwin says the university acknowledges the problems and has paid the $8,571 fine.

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