August 30, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The University of Nevada, Reno has paid a $7,446 federal fine for the deaths of three sheep at one of its farms in 2001.
UNR officials say the incident that left 10 sheep without water for five days was the result of human error, and a manager was fired.
One animal was found dead at UNR's Main Station Field Laboratory and two others died later during treatment.
University officials say they've taken actions, including retraining employees and changing procedures, to ensure there's no repeat of the incident.
The U.S. Agriculture Department imposed the fine after completing an investigation into the deaths.
UNR, in a statement, called the deaths "an unfortunate, isolated incident."
In 2005, UNR paid an $11,400 fine after the USDA cited the university for 46 violations of federal animal welfare regulations that occurred between May 2004 and March 2005.
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