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Cruelty Complaint Leads to Reston Zoo Search

Employee says wallaby was drowned by zoo director.

The Reston Zoo is under investigation after an employee told police the zoo director drowned a sick wallaby as a means of euthanasia.

Channel 9 reports that on Thursday, Fairfax County Police executed a search warrant after the employee told the officer he had put the wallaby (similar to a small kangaroo) in a crate. He later observed the empty crate next to a water spigot with a five gallon bucket of water.

The warrant says the employee jumped into a dumpster and found a trash bag containing the dead wallaby.

The director told police she euthanized the wallaby by injection with a drug called Beauthanasia and the animal was disposed of properly. But the zoo could also be in trouble for that as police said the Reston Zoo does not have the training and certification to do so.

No charges have been filed.

Karen Goff April 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM
No one is talking right now.
Amy Gedrich May 03, 2012 at 08:49 PM
This is horrible. My little sister went there 2 weeks ago and she said an employee literally ran over on of the animals during the wagon ride and simply shrugged it off with a "whoops." Didn't even stop to see if the animal was injured.
What's up? June 09, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Scott, do u work?
Raul June 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Wow the zoo director has been arrested on cruelty and illegal drug charges.
Karen Goff June 25, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Yes, you can read the story here - http://patch.com/A-v3xJ

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