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Suit Filed Against Manchester Zoo

MANCHESTER, IA (AP) - An animal welfare group has filed a lawsuit against an eastern Iowa zoo, alleging mistreatment of animals and violations of federal laws.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the owners of Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester.

The suit claims the zoo houses animals in unsuitable and unsanitary conditions and unlawfully possessed protected species. The group asks a federal judge to remove several animals and declare violations of the Endangered Species Act.

Animals noted in the suit include lemurs, tigers, lions and wolves.

Owner Pam Sellner says this is the latest of ongoing attacks by the group and is unfounded. She acknowledges the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued fines and violations against the zoo, but she claims those issues were minor.

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