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PETA files new lawsuit against local zoo

May 14th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Today, PETA and Constance Collins filed a lawsuit against Tri-State Zoological Park; Animal Park, Care & Rescue, Inc.; and their owner, Robert Candy, alleging that Tri-State's neglect and mistreatment of the animals held at the facility violates federal and state law and constitutes a public nuisance. The suit asks the court to order that the animals be transferred to reputable facilities.

 

PETA and Collins allege that the notorious and decrepit roadside zoo interferes with the rights of the public and frequently denies the more than 100 animals in its custody timely veterinary treatment, daily care from qualified staff, sufficient enrichment, proper food and clean water, and even adequate shelter. Tri-State also fails to house animals in social groups that meet their species-specific needs, including Dodger, a monkey who is confined alone and was observed picking skin off his tail until it started to bleed, and Spazz, a monkey who is confined alone and has bald patches on his body.

 

"With every filthy enclosure and sick or stressed animal, this abject failure of a facility shows that it either can't or won't meet the needs of the animals it holds captive," says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. "The plaintiffs look forward to taking Tri-State Zoological Park before a judge and securing the animals' release to suitable habitats, where they can live out their lives in comfort and peace."

 

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to use for entertainment"—previously won an Endangered Species Act lawsuit against Tri-State, which resulted in the transfer of three big cats from the roadside zoo to an accredited sanctuary in Colorado and prohibited the facility from owning or possessing endangered or threatened species. Tri-State has appealed, and that appeal remains pending.

6 Responses to “PETA files new lawsuit against local zoo”

  1. May 14, 2020 at 8:07 pm, Dan said:

    Candy needs shut down for good, these animals are not getting proper care.

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  2. May 14, 2020 at 10:05 pm, Toast said:

    Ah, s***. Here we go again…

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  3. May 14, 2020 at 10:06 pm, Kevin said:

    end him

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  4. May 15, 2020 at 1:18 am, Ed Dodrill said:

    The zoo cares about the animals and does well but they don’t have a lot of funding. On the other hand, PETA has millions and loves to torment small zoo operations by private individuals. Instead of helping them, PETA sues them and promotes their activity in the media. PETA is a shady, shady organization.

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  5. May 15, 2020 at 8:31 pm, Lynn McGuire said:

    MR: DODRILL: NO THE ZOO DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE ANIMALS, IF IT DID IT WOULD R EHOME THEM TO A PROPER PLACE WHERE THEY COULD GET THE CARE THEY NEED., MR CANDY HAS DOES NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT STAFF NOR FUNDS TO RUN A ZOO. I SPEAK AS SOMEONE WHO VOLUNTEERED AT THE ZOO FOR 13 YEARS SO I SHOULD KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

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  6. May 15, 2020 at 8:58 pm, Lynn McGuire said:

    I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO MY PREVIOUS COMMENT: THANK GOD FOR PETA, THEY ARE THE ONLY ORGANIZATION TO SPEAK UP FOR ANIMALS RECEIVING LITTLE TO NO CARE IN SMALL PRIVATE ZOOS LILKE THE TRI STATE. AND IT COSTS LOTS OF MONEY TO KEEP GOING TO COURT ON BEHALF OF THE ANIMALS WHEN THE ZOO OWNER IS OBSTINATE AND DETERMINED TO GET HIS WAY NO MATTER IF HE HAS NO MONEY AND STAFF TO TAKE CARE OF THESE POOR ANIMALS ONCE AGAIN I VOLUNTEERED AT THE ZOO FOR 13 YEARS AND SAW IT GO DOWNHILL ALMOST FROM THE START.

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