FEDS: Animals at Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation in Oroville mistreated

May 20, 2014 2:00 PM

PETA has leaked excerpts of a United States Department of Agriculture inspection report that alleges animals at the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation in Oroville have been mistreated and neglected.

The USDA report claims the Barry R. Kirshner facility failed to provide animals with adequate veterinary care, clean drinkable water, and fed them moldy food.

According to the USDA report the facility had no written record of a veterinary-care program. In addition a tiger had been suffering from a discolored, oozing eye and was not evaluated by a veterinarian.

The facility also allegedly fed coyotes and bears from an unrefrigerated box containing deli meats, tandoori chicken burritos, lunchables, and crackers. Stored food was allegedly moldy and kept in open containers in close vicinity to products containing chemicals, such as bleach, paint, and car batteries.

The investigation was conducted after a PETA complaint was filed alleging abuse and neglect at the roadside zoo.

PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders said "The authorities have confirmed what former volunteers keep telling PETA: that animals are suffering at the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation. People who care about animals should never buy a ticket to this despicable roadside zoo."

Action News Now will have more on this report tonight at 5.

Click here to read the entire USDA report.


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