Manchester zoo cited for animal welfare issues

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A privately owned zoo in northeast Iowa is under the watchful eye of federal inspectors and animal rights groups after it has paid fines for poor sanitation, inadequate staffing and other problems.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1c8zigA ) Cricket Hollow Zoo has paid $6,800 in fines for violations of the Animal Welfare Act between 2011 and February of this year.

Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the zoo for unhealthy levels of animal and food waste in cages and inadequate staffing.

The zoo located near Manchester has been owned and operated by Pam and Tom Sellner for 13 years. It has about 350 birds and animals. Pam Sellner says the outcry is from groups of people who oppose zoos ideologically and they will never be satisfied.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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