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Vet, USDA Point to Chronic Neglect of Exotic Animals Ignored by County Animal Control, the Body Responsible for Local Law Enforcement
For Immediate Release:August 11, 2011
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Mooresville, N.C. — PETA has posted an action alert on its
popular website asking visitors to contact the Rowan County Animal Control
(RCAC) to demand a full criminal investigation of apparent ongoing, systemic
animal neglect by Mooresville-based roadside zoo Lazy 5 Ranch. PETA sent
extensive documentation of this neglect to RCAC—but RCAC did nothing but
forward the material to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has no
authority to enforce local and state animal protection laws. Although the
USDA has cited Lazy 5 Ranch repeatedly for violations of the federal Animal
Welfare Act and ordered owner Henry Hampton to provide proper veterinary care
for the zoo's animals, Hampton has refused to do so, and his animals continue
to suffer. RCAC is the only body with the authority to investigate the facility
for compliance with local laws and, if any apparent violations are found, to
charge Hampton with cruelty to animals.
Of particular concern is Lazy 5 Ranch's continuing failure
to provide adequate veterinary care to a young giraffe with severely overgrown
hooves. USDA documents indicate that the giraffe has been forced to languish in
this painful, damaging condition for more than nine months. Dr. Mel Richardson,
a veterinarian with 42 years of experience caring for captive wild animals,
reviewed the evidence, including photographs of the giraffe's feet, and
concluded: "This giraffe's current condition is painful and places her
future in jeopardy. . . . Allowing this abnormal condition to continue is
clearly causing unnecessary discomfort and, in my view, is causing this animal
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