Reston Zoo Director Charged With Animal Cruelty

Officials: Director did not have permits or training to dispense euthanasia drug

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    Fairfax County officials are looking into allegations of animal cruelty at the Reston Zoo, stemming from a dead wallaby. News4's Jane Watrel reports on the investigation. (Published Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012)

    The director of the Reston Zoo has been charged with animal cruelty and possession of a controlled substance following an investigation.

    Meghan Mogensen was arrested Friday afternoon.

    Officials executed a search warrant against the zoo back in February, when an employee told law enforcement that he had found the wet body of a wallaby in a trash bin.

    Mogensen claimed that she had humanely euthanized the wallaby with an injection of Beuthanasia-D. However, the investigation revealed that the zoo did not have the necessary permits or the training to dispense the drug.