Myrtle Beach roadside zoo reaches settlement after USDA fine for animal welfare violation

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A roadside zoo in Myrtle Beach reached a settlement on March 30 after being fined $7,800 by the United States Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act, according to the USDA.

The Waccatee Zoo, which PETA calls the “worst roadside zoo in america“, was fined after six alleged violations between March 5, 2020 and May 5, 2021, according to documents. Allegations include animals with overgrown hooves and dirty water containers.

Terms of the settlement were not immediately available. News13 has contacted the USDA for more information.

The six violations, according to the USDA, were:

  1. March 5, 2020: “You failed to provide adequate veterinary care to two llamas at your facility. APHIS officials observed an adult female zebu and two adult llamas with significantly overgrown hooves.
  2. October 22, 2020: “You failed to seek out or provide adequate veterinary care for an adult Dall ram in your facility. APHIS officials observed the animal with heavily overgrown dewclaws and hooves, thick layers of scabs above each hoof, and ulcerative lesions with fresh blood on all four limbs. The animal’s condition suggested that the ailments were persistent and had been neglected.
  3. October 22, 2020: “You failed to keep the water receptacle clean and safe in the camel enclosure. APHIS officials observed a container of water that contained cloudy, green water. APHIS officials could not see the bottom of the receptacle and the camels had no access to drinking water.
  4. January 26, 2021: “You failed to provide adequate veterinary care to two llamas at your facility. APHIS officials observed the animals with significantly overgrown hooves with nails that were overgrown and deviated to the side.
  5. May 5, 2021: “You failed to seek and provide adequate veterinary care for two Aoudads at your facility. APHIS (sic) officials observed a female Aoudad with a deep right forelimb lameness that carried little weight. A second adult Aoudad was seen limping on its (sic) left forelimb.
  6. May 5, 2021: “You did not keep the water containers in the deep sheep pen and Aoudad fallow clean and safe. APHIS officials observed a container of water that contained cloudy, brown water with clumps of green-brown plant matter. When drained, the container had a brown sludge on the bottom. The animals did not have access to drinking water.

“USDA penalties like this are meted out to the worst of the worst, and Waccatee’s history of animal neglect clearly shows that it fits this bill,” said Brittany Peet, Assistant General Counsel. from the PETA Foundation for Captive Animal Law Enforcement, in the press release.

PETA had previously sent a letter in December notifying the zoo of its intention to sue under the Endangered Species Act, according to the statement.

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