Reston Zoo Director Charged With Animal Cruelty

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

Monday, Jun 25, 2012  |  Updated 9:44 AM EDT
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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.

Jane Watrel

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.

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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.

 

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