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Thursday, Oct 31, 1996County: Passaic
Disposition: USDA Citation
Person of Interest: Hayet A Hassar
In November 1996, the U.S. Department of Agriculture charged licensed animal dealer Hayet A. Kassar-Creek, president, owner, and operator of the CAMM Research Institute, with violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
W. Ron DeHaven, acting deputy administrator for animal care with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a part of USDA's marketing and regulatory programs mission area, said that the charges against Kassar-Creek are based on problems with their records and their facility.
APHIS inspectors found that Kassar-Creek failed to:
-- Answer truthfully, in response to a direct question from an APHIS inspector, that all covered species had not been inspected;
-- Disclose the acquisition and disposition of rabbits and the presence of rabbits at the facility;
-- Maintain complete and accurate records of the acquisition and disposition of rabbits;
-- Name the source from which Flemish Giant rabbits had been acquired;
-- Maintain housing facilities for guinea pigs in good repair so as to protect the animals from injury;
-- Construct the interior building surfaces of indoor housing facilities for guinea pigs and rabbits so that they were substantially impervious to moisture;
-- Disclose the purchase of animals on the license renewal application;
-- Maintain programs of disease control and prevention, euthanasia, and adequate veterinary care under the supervision and assistance of a veterinarian;
-- Provide veterinary care to animals in need of care; and
-- Provide guinea pigs inside solid-floor enclosures with clean bedding material.
- USDA - November 26, 1996
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