North State wildlife sanctuary under fire passes USDA surprise inspection

Jul 22, 2014 7:39 PM

An inspector with the U.S. Department of Agriculture has dropped in, unannounced, on the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary. The facility has been under public scrutiny since allegations were leveled against it, and owner Roberta Kirshner. According to animal rights group PETA, several people came forward, making claims of abuse, inadequate veterinary care, improper food storage, and diet.

The USDA sent an inspector into the facility in April, and several violations were noted. PETA notified all media outlets in the north state of the inspection, and labeled the facility a "roadside zoo."

Kirshner denied the animals were being abused, and said the claims hurt donations. She says, out of 97 animals at the facility, including bears and endangered big cats, 56 have special medical needs. She says for many of them, the sanctuary is their last hope.

Those who leveled allegations against the facility with PETA have remained anonymous. Kirshner believes they are former, disgruntled volunteers or employees.

In the latest surprise inspection on May 29, the facility was found to be in full-compliance. You can view the USDA's inspection reports dating back to November 2011, by clicking USDA and entering the code (3769).


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