A new lawsuit has been filed against Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, a legal advocacy organization for animals, announced Thursday that it has filed the lawsuit on behalf of four Iowa residents for chronic violations of state animal cruelty laws.
The complaint alleges Cricket Hollow Zoo fails to abide by the state’s animal neglect standards. The Animal Legal Defense Fund says USDA inspection reports spanning years detail animals “suffering in filthy enclosures without adequate food, water or veterinary care”.
The lawsuit aims to rehome the animals to sanctuaries. It also requests the roadside zoo’s owners, Tom and Pam Sellner, be permanently barred from obtaining any wild animals in the future.
This is not the first time the Animal Legal Defense Fund has legally challenged the Cricket Hollow Zoo. Last year, the USDA revoked the zoo’s exhibitor license and issued a 10-thousand dollar penalty, which Cricket Hollow Zoo has appealed. Endangered animals, including tigers and lions, were transferred to other facilities. This past April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed that the zoo violated the Endangered Species Act by inadequately caring for endangered animals.
Cricket Hollow Zoo currently has over two hundred animals.
(photo courtesy of Cricket Hollow Zoo Facebook page)