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Veterinary Services Enforcement Summary

Veterinary Services (VS) Enforcement Summary

To support animal health in fiscal year (FY) 2017, APHIS initiated 198 cases; issued 58 official warnings; issued 25 pre-litigation settlements resulting in the collection of $45,025 in stipulated penalties; and obtained administrative orders assessing $84,675 in civil penalties against persons for violations of laws aimed at protecting animal health and American agriculture. APHIS also negotiated a pre-litigation settlement in the amount of $7,500 for an alleged violation of the Animal Health Protection Act (AHPA) relating to the use of fraudulent federal certificates; and a settlement of $8,750 for an alleged violation of the AHPA related to fraudulent blood test submissions. APHIS also obtained an administrative order assessing a $71,650 civil penalty in connection with violations of the Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Act.

Totals FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018
(through 3rd quarter)
Cases Initiated 155 198 135
Warnings 65 58 84
Settlement Agreements 8 25 22
Stipulated Penalties Assessed $11,250 $45,025 $77,020
Non-Monetary Stipulations 0 0 0
Referrals to OGC 15 (alleged violators)
10 (cases)
1 (alleged violator)
1 (case)
3 (alleged violators)
1 (case)
Administrative Complaints 5 1 1
Administrative Decisions 2 3 0
Civil Penalties Assessed $21,475 $84,675 $0


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