Collins Zoo given 6 months to comply

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WORKERS WITH The Humane Society of the United States examine a monkey during a raid on the Collins Zoo earlier this year. HSUS worked with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation and Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary to rescue 11 exotic animals from the unaccredited roadside facility located on U.S. 49 in Collins. The rescue came after HSUS conducted an in-depth undercover investigation and submitted legal complaints to the state documenting serious animal welfare issues as well as public safety concerns at the Collins Zoo. The MDWFP seized three tigers, three cougars, two leopards, two wolf-hybrids and one Rhesus macaque monkey from the Collins property due to violations of state permit requirements. The animals are at sanctuaries in Texas and North Carolina.

WORKERS WITH The Humane Society of the United States examine a monkey during a raid on the Collins Zoo earlier this year. HSUS worked with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation and Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary to rescue 11 exotic animals from the unaccredited roadside facility located on U.S. 49 in Collins. The rescue came after HSUS conducted an in-depth undercover investigation and submitted legal complaints to the state documenting serious animal welfare issues as well as public safety concerns at the Collins Zoo. The MDWFP seized three tigers, three cougars, two leopards, two wolf-hybrids and one Rhesus macaque monkey from the Collins property due to violations of state permit requirements. The animals are at sanctuaries in Texas and North Carolina. / hsusJudge No

Collins Zoo given 6 months to comply

A Covington County Justice Court Judge has asked the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to create a comprehensive list of state regulation violations at the Collins Zoo and submit the list within 30 days.

Judge Bobby Wayne Mooney said he would give the zoo owners six months from receiving the list to make appropriate improvements to the facility. Then, after the six months, he would rule whether animals seized in a Jan. 25 raid would be returned.

Mooney said the numerous citations written to owners Gus and Betty White would await disposition until the end of the six-month period.

“It’s just requirements, and I’m giving you time to get it,” he said. ” … This is the best way to resolve this – this does give you time to get in compliance.”

He said attorneys from both sides would meet Monday and draft the agreed order for signature.

A January seizure netted several tigers, wolf hybrids, leopards, cougars and a Rhesus macaque under state laws requiring permits for statutorily defined “inherently dangerous animals.”

To fall into compliance with the law, the zoo would have to obtain permits or exemptions – which are given to zoos associated with public bodies such as cities or counties or zoos accredited by an appropriate agency.

The hearing comes after a circuit court review, remanding the case back to justice court for revision.

Specially appointed Circuit Judge William Barnett signed an order ruling the MDWFP violated the White’s due process rights.

The order also says the MDWFP rules regarding the seizure of inherently dangerous animals requires three days’ notice before officials obtain an order of seizure from justice court, and that the department rules were violated because officials gave the three days’ notice after the seizure order already was entered, thus denying the Whites a hearing.

Gus White said another hearing is in the works for December in reference to a U.S. Department of Agriculture administrative law complaint.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture filed the complaint March 3 before the secretary of agriculture, seeking numerous fines and the revocation of the zoo’s USDA exhibitor license.

The Whites later filed a lengthy answer, denying each claim in detail, including arguments that USDA inspectors misinterpret the rules and standards.

 

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~ by topcatsroar on September 21, 2012.

2 Responses to “Collins Zoo given 6 months to comply”

  1. Seems to me this zoo is in a similar situation as the Lakewood Zoo in WI with the exception that the animals in Lakewood were not seized and no USDA notice of fines for violations….Hoping Collins Zoo will be able to turn this around and make the best of a bad situation…

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