USDA Drops One Violation From Topeka Zoo Inspection Report

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Federal officials agreed to remove one of six alleged violations from the Topeka Zoo's latest inspection report.

The City of Topeka announced Friday that a U.S. Department of Agriculture director informed them a violation related to adequate veterinary care in a gazelle's death has been dropped. The zoo had appealed the violation, contending a veterinarian was directly involved in all phases of the assessment and treatment of the gazelle.

“We believe this outcome is partly a result of our improving relationship with the USDA,” Zoo Director Brendan Wiley said. “We are working to build on that partnership, and this is another step in the right direction.”

However, five other violations from the April 24th inspection remain. One of those is a handling issue related to the injury which led to the gazelle's death.

Other issues included a tamarin monkey who let itself out of a transport box and three problems corrected during the inspection.


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