Cat Haven-No Violations

Cat Haven cleared by USDA in fatal lion attack

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has determined that Project Survival’s Cat Haven did not violate any Animal Welfare Act policies in the fatal lion attack that killed an intern last month at the animal sanctuary east of Fresno.

Cat Haven had the “correct procedures in place” on March 6 when the 5-year-old African lion killed Dianna Hanson, 24, said Tanya Espinosa, a spokeswoman for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

“It was just an unfortunate situation,” Espinosa said Tuesday.

Hanson, who was cleaning the animal’s enclosure, was killed by the lion after a door to a feeding pen accidentally was left open.

A Fresno County sheriff’s deputy fired several shotgun rounds and killed the 450-pound lion, named Cous Cous.

The USDA had reported no penalties or violations in the 15 years of Cat Haven’s operation, an agency spokesman said. USDA officials have been at the Dunlap facility 10 times in the past three years, the spokesman said.

The necropsy report on the lion has not been completed, said a spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A Sheriff’s Office investigation did not find any criminal misconduct, a spokesman said.

Cat Haven reopened four days after the fatal attack.


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~ by topcatsroar on April 27, 2013.

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