Shri Thanedar is being dogged by allegations he tested drugs prior to going to market on dogs and monkeys, and when the business went under the animals were abandoned.
“As a result of our research, no animal was ever harmed. This is a necessary evil.. You’ve got to do testing if we want the medicine,” Thanedar tells 7 Investigator Jim Kiertzner.
This happened in 2010 in upstate Middletown, New York.
The Times Herald-Record covered it and posted a video on You Tube of the rescue of a reported 118 Beagles.
One woman in the video can be heard saying “We believe they have never been outside, ever.”
Thanedar tells 7 Investigator Kiertzner that the blame is on Bank of America which financed his business, foreclosed on the loan and took it over.
“This is Bank of America” he told Kiertzner.
“Not your fault?” Kiertzner asked.
“Not my fault,” Thanedar answered.
Thanedar says he owned Azopharma and a subsidiary called AniClin Preclinical Services from 2007 to 2010 when they became victims of the recession.
He says he went to court to keep the business open and lost control of it and the animals.
The self-made millionaire is spending big money on ubiquitous TV ads and he is leading in the polls in the Democratic race for Governor.
Thanedar says none of the animals had to be put down and the worst testing issues with the animals were “side effects” like higher blood pressure or a rash.
Thanedar says he’s spending $6 million of his own money in the campaign.