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Entrenched Neglect at NC Roadside Zoo

Written by PETA | August 11, 2011

Lazy 5 Ranch is an apt name for a roadside zoo in Mooresville, North Carolina, as the operators appear to be too lazy (read: downright neglectful) to provide even minimal care to the animals stuck there. PETA has filed complaints with the county animal control department and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking for action to help two giraffes with severely overgrown hooves. The hooves are so neglected and painful that the animals are having difficulty walking. Other animals in trouble include a white deer with a raw, open wound that is 4 inches in circumference, among other injuries. A visitor to the zoo reports that she couldn’t detect a water source in the rhinoceros and giraffe enclosures and that there is insufficient shade in the giraffe pen. 

The USDA has already repeatedly cited Lazy 5 Ranch for allowing animals’ hooves to become painfully overgrown, which puts stress on bones, joints, tendons, and muscles and can lead to permanent damage and arthritis. The zoo has also been cited for failing to provide veterinary care to 14 unshorn sheep who suffered heat distress (they were found lying on their sides and panting heavily) after temperatures reached into the 90s.

Although local and state anti-cruelty laws apply, Rowan County Animal Control Supervisor Clai Martin has abdicated all responsibility to the USDA and has taken no action to help these suffering animals.

Please send an e-mail today to the animal control department asking for immediate intervention at Lazy 5 Ranch.

 
Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • patty says:

    I was there today and I did see the overgrown hooves on the giraffes. My pet peeve were the plastic buckets thrown all over the place inside the enclosure. It would be nice if the handlers were out there like at real zoos.

  • linda brockett says:

    If the USDA has”already repeatedly” cited Lazy 5 Ranch, then why the hell are they not doing anything about it and i would definately have to question the credability of the management.

  • Wayne M. says:

    I’ve been to this facility personally. I can tell you that I didn’t see any form of abuse. I’m a huge supporter of PETA and what we stand for but please, make sure you are supporting a cause that’s founded. I live in near Charlotte, grew up in the country on a farm and KNOW HOW to take care of animals. I’ve been to large commercial Zoo’s with much unhappier/unhealthy animals than this facility. As a supporter of PETA, can we all agree to choose out battles wisely?!? If you haven’t seen this first hand, how do we know it’s not fabricated? ALL of the animals that I seen here were very well taken care of.

  • Maria P says:

    this place needs to shut down and these animals need to be taken care of in a correct way to keep them happy and healthy!!!!!

  • Nancy Sands says:

    Stop this madness

  • Winn says:

    This is so wrong. It must be changed immediately by those who have the power to do so.

  • Lisa says:

    Please help these suffering animals NOW!!! What comes around goes around!!!

  • Ruth says:

    May God repay the doer of what is bad according to his own badness!!!

  • Simon Pearson says:

    What sort of governing authority would allow this. What mindless people would see this day after day and not take action? As Albert Einstein once said : “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

  • MARIA SONIA ESTRADA-SOLERO says:

    HAGAN ALGO YA O LOS ANIMALES MORIRAN .DESTITUYAN AL DIRECTOR DEL ZOO Y LLEVEN A LOS ANIMALES A UN SANTUARIO . DONDE LOS CUIDEN COMO SE MERECEN . EL SER HUMANO NO SE MERECE NADA . ES UN BASTARDO Y CRUEL CON LOS ANIMALES.