Group: Washington University lab tech hit dog
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The federal government is investigating an allegation that a Washington University lab technician hit a dog with a closed fist.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the university self-reported the incident in 2012. The school said at the time that the lab technician's animal privileges were permanently withdrawn. The university said in the letter to the National Institutes of Health that it had determined the employee had beaten the dog.
Soon thereafter, the employee stopped working at the university.
The incident became public this week through public records requested by Stop Animal Exploitation Now, an Ohio-based animal welfare group. Director Michael Budkie says the organization has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A message on Monday seeking comment from the university was not immediately returned.