Judge orders Australian animal health firm to repay $33K

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -

An Australian animal health company that abandoned its Kansas offices has been ordered to repay some incentives it received from the city of Lawrence and Douglas County.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a Douglas County judge recently ruled that Integrated Animal Health breached its incentives contract with the local governments and must pay back more than $33,300. But Lawrence officials say it’s unlikely they’ll recoup the money because the company appears to be defunct.

Integrated Animal Health moved its global headquarters to Lawrence in 2015. The city and county had approved incentives for the company, such as subsidized rent and a $100,000 forgivable loan.

The company is believed to have abandoned its Kansas lab and offices in 2017. The court has been unable to contact the company.