Cricket Hollow Zoo owners facing another legal challenge over alleged mistreatment of animals

Cricket Hollow Zoo is facing another legal challenge from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) over alleged mistreatment of animals remaining at its rural Manchester "animal park."

The roadside zoo was forced to give up its endangers lemurs and lions after a federal court ruling a year ago, and now ALDF has filed suit against zoo owners Pam and Tom Sellner in Iowa District Court alleging "persistent neglect of its animals," and "flagrant disregard for federal and state animal protection laws. . ."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yanked Cricket Hollow's exhibitor license after the federal court ruling and fined the zoo $10,000. But the renamed "animal park" continues to house some 200 "non-endangered" animals "in inhumane and illegal conditions," according to the lawsuit. The zoo has appealed the USDA decision and fine.

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