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Feds find more sick animals at Animal Haven Zoo in Weyauwega, Wisconsin

At a November 30 inspection of Animal Haven Zoo in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, inspectors found more sick animals and enclosures that were in need of repair.

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors found a thin sheep that appeared to have diarrhea and was walking in a hunched manner. A second sheep had a lump or swollen spot on its face that had not been evaluated by an attending veterinarian.

Enclosures housing barbary sheep, muntjacs, fallow deer and red foxes were all in need of repair and posed an injury or escape risk for the animals, according to the USDA inspection report.

The USDA has cited Animal Haven Zoo with a total of 11 violations of the Animal Welfare Act in the past year. The facility’s troubles started in June when the USDA cited them for taking a three-week-old tiger cub to a classroom and letting children pet it. They were also cited for failing to keep complete disposition records for two tiger cubs that were born in April 2021 and were no longer at the facility.

An August USDA inspection revealed animals with untreated medical conditions, filthy cages, enclosures in need of repair and a liger that went without water for 20 hours.

The inspector found a rabbit in poor condition with discharge coming from its ear and eyes and hair loss on its foot. Another rabbit had an untreated scab on its nose. An enclosure with nine rabbits and another enclosure with seven rabbits had an excessive accumulation of “rotten food and solid waste that was covered in flies,” according to the report, and one enclosure lacked “adequate shelter for the nine rabbits in it.”

The inspector found a potbellied pig whose tusk had grown back and into its cheek. An African crested porcupine had pale colored eyeballs and discharge in the corners of its eyes. A goat had an abnormally grown hoof and an alpaca had overgrown hooves.

Despite being charged with four Direct violations and one Critical violation in the past year, the USDA has failed to take enforcement action against the Wisconsin roadside zoo.


June 2021 USDA inspection report:

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August 2021 USDA inspection report:

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November 2021 USDA inspection report:

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