USDA finds violations at southern Indiana wildlife center

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) — Federal inspectors have found repeat violations at a southern Indiana wildlife center that houses more than 120 exotic species.

A January inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service found the center called Wildlife in Need again had found a tiger enclosure had insufficient fencing, a brown bear had an unknown elbow injury and autopsies had been performed on dead animals.

The (Louisville, Kentucky) Courier-Journal reports the center says the USDA report inaccurately depicts “the love, care, and safety” it provides to animals. It says the report is “meant to support an agenda aimed at private ownership.”

A January fire at the center killed 41 animals, mostly birds and turtles.

 

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