Feds Crack Down on Local Animal Exhibitor’s Recklessness

For Immediate Release:
October 7, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

East Rockaway, N.Y. – Local animal exhibitor Larry Wallach is attracting federal attention, newly released U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports reveal. The USDA cited Wallach after finding a sloth in his cluttered garage with hazards in and around the animal’s enclosure that “could injure the animal by burning, broken glass, or electrical shock”—and the agency cited a roadside zoo in Ohio after a tip from PETA that Wallach, holding an electric prod and accompanied by a dog, entered the cage of a young tiger he had dumped there after she outgrew the dilapidated cage that he had kept her in under the deck of his Nassau County residence.

“Wherever Larry Wallach goes, the potential for disaster follows,” says PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Michelle Sinnott. “PETA is calling on the public to stay away from Wallach and is urging the authorities to revoke his license before his recklessness gets someone hurt.”

The USDA also recently cited Wallach for an incident in which he took an unrestrained tiger cub to a public park and allowed the public to pet and handle the animal. Earlier this year, a tip from PETA about Facebook Live videos—one of which depicted Wallach electroshocking a tiger named Sheba—resulted in a slew of citations, including failure to follow veterinary instructions for treatment of Sheba’s broken toe, confining her to an enclosure in disrepair that had broken floorboards, and putting her and a wolf at risk of injury by allowing them to interact in a dangerous manner.

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