Sunday, September 2, 2012
City leaders are saying little about the results of the latest inspection of the Topeka Zoo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture amid ongoing concern for animal welfare.
The Topeka Capital Journal reports that city officials are reviewing the inspection report before issuing a public comment about the findings. City spokesman David Bevens says the administration is taking a different approach to the USDA reports, breaking from previous practice of issuing statements.
The zoo has been struggling to repair its public image since the USDA filed a complaint against the zoo on Dec. 12 after issuing 51 citations for violating regulations during 11 inspections from April 2007 through June 2011. The USDA is responsible for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act and licensing animal exhibitors.