Elephant Care in Question at Lee Richardson Zoo

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The Lee Richardson Zoo is one of six parks across the nation singled out by an animal rights group for failure to properly care for its elephants.

In Defense of Animals said in a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the elephants have chronic foot infections from poor care.

Moki and Chana, the two elephants, have been in Garden City since 1986.

Zoo officials are quick to counter with records detailing daily checkups by zoo staff and regular inspections by the USDA.

Zoo director Kathy Sexson said the animals are treated like "they are family'' while questioning the report's validity.

Five other zoos across the country were included in the complaint.