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Sat Jul 16, 2016, 07:08 PM

Lawsuit: Zoo keeps lions in horrific conditions

Source: Des Moines Register

Lawsuit: Zoo keeps lions in horrific conditions

Charly Haley, 6:55 a.m. CDT July 12, 2016

An embattled northeast Iowa zoo is facing a second lawsuit over treatment of its animals this time regarding endangered African lions.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and five Iowans filed a lawsuit Monday against the Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester.

The group previously sued Cricket Hollow, and in February a judge ruled that the zoo had to give up its endangered tigers and lemurs. The ruling prevented the zoo's owners, Pam and Tom Sellner, from acquiring new endangered species until they could demonstrate that they could give the animals proper care.

The ruling did not affect about 300 other animals at the roadside zoo.

The most recent lawsuit claims that Cricket Hollow Zoo confines African lions "in small, barren enclosures, which disrupt and impair the large cats," according to the complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Iowa and provided to The Des Moines Register by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

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