NewsLocal News / July 15, 2016

USDA Files Complaint Against Charlestown Wildlife Sanctuary

The allegations include repeated failures to provide adequate veterinary care to animals and to handle animals carefully, as well as physical abuse. Clark County, U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, Animal Welfare Act, Charlestown, Wildlife in Need, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service2016-07-15T00:00:00-04:00
USDA Files Complaint Against Charlestown Wildlife Sanctuary

Tiger playtime customers sprawl out on the floor with the baby tigers in 2014.

Kristina Goetz/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed a formal complaint against a wildlife sanctuary in Clark County that has been under investigation for months.

The News and Tribune reports that the complaint filed last week by Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service administrator Kevin Shea lists more than 20 allegations in which Wildlife in Need owner Tim Stark violated the Animal Welfare Act.

The allegations include repeated failures to provide adequate veterinary care to animals and to handle animals carefully, as well as physical abuse. The complaint also says investigation's inspectors were repeatedly interfered with and verbally abused.

According to the complaint, Wildlife in Need most recently housed 124 animals, including 25 primates and 97 wild or exotic mammals.

The newspaper couldn't reach Stark for comment Thursday.

 

 

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