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Dog Killed By Surgeon During Medical Sales Pitch

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Old January 13th 07, 01:25 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Surgeon induces dog aneurysm in sales demo
Acted against hospital policy, Cleveland Clinic says; animal euthanized

CLEVELAND - A neurosurgeon used a dog with an induced brain aneurysm to
demonstrate a medical device to salespeople, a hospital said Thursday.

The dog was anesthetized during the demonstration and euthanized
afterward, according to the Cleveland Clinic, a renowned academic
medical center.

The hospital uses animals for medical research but this demonstration
was unauthorized, a hospital statement said. The clinic has reported the
incident to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates animal
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“As an academic medical center, Cleveland Clinic does not allow
procedures with animals for the sole purpose of sales training,” the
clinic said in a statement.

The surgeon, who was not immediately identified, was presenting a device
used to treat aneurysms Wednesday to a group of people who sell it, the
hospital said.

It was not clear Thursday whether the aneurysm was induced in the dog
solely for the sales demonstration. An aneurysm is when arteries or
blood vessels bulge and eventually burst, which can cause severe damage
or death.

Messages left with the USDA late Thursday were not immediately returned.

The clinic said the surgeon did not have permission from the hospital’s
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to host the demonstration.
The doctor submitted an application to the committee, but its members
never reviewed it, the hospital said.

An internal investigation was under way and the clinic plans to provide
training for doctors to prevent a similar incident in the future, the
hospital’s statement said.

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