Mobile Zoo Owner Pleads Guilty to 14 Counts of Cruelty to Animals

John Hightower, the owner of the now-defunct Mobile Zoo in Alabama, pleaded guilty to 14 counts of cruelty to animals. As part of his sentence, Hightower was subject to two years’ probation and $3,500 in restitution, and he can never own animals professionally again!

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind