USDA revokes zoo’s license; owners plan appeal

COLLINS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has revoked the exhibitor’s license of the Collins Zoo following a hearing before an administrative law judge.

The decision adds to the stack of legal troubles facing zoo owners Gus and Betty White following the most recent Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks raid of the U.S. 49 facility in Collins in January 2012.

Betty White tells The Hattiesburg American she plans to appeal the decision made earlier this month within her 30-day time frame.

USDA moved for license revocation after a large number of animals died at the facility, including at least one tiger, a lion, a leopard, a cougar, a wolf and a dingo in a two-year period from 2010-2012.

 

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