On January 9, the Animal League Defense Fund (ALDF), filed a motion against Cricket Hollow Zoo seeking missing animals, according to an emailed press release.

In November, 2019, a judge ordered that the owners of the zoo give up all animals held at the Iowa zoo due to severe neglect and mistreatment. According to the ALDF, rescuers arrived on December 9, and many animals were missing, including five grizzly bears, two mountain lions, one wolf hybrid, one camel, several species of birds and snakes, and a fennec fox.

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The organizations contempt motion seeks the whereabouts for the animals that were gone before a court-ordered rescue. Speaking in the emailed press release, Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells, said of the situation, “We are deeply concerned about the well-being of the animals who are missing — and fear many of the animals have been sold or are deceased. We are dedicated to locating any missing animals, who were sold in violation of the court order, and ensuring their safety.”

The organization previous rescued 400 animals from Cricket Hollow Zoo in DecemberCricket Hollow Zoo is one of many examples of roadside zoos allegedly harming and abusing animals. A roadside zoo in Washington State is currently under watch by animal activists. You can donate to the ALDF here.

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