Mo. Animal Farm Makes Repairs, Awaits USDA Visit
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Volunteers have helped a rescue organization make required repairs to a Columbia facility that houses tigers, lions, cougars and other exotic animals.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited D&D Farm Animal Rescue in north Columbia for 15 violations. Things that needed fixed included replacing rusty parts and adding more outdoor shelters.
About 90 volunteers helped, including 30 arranged through the U.S. Zoological Association. The animals could have been taken away and possibly euthanized if the violations weren't corrected in time. D&D co-owner Deb Tolentino says the USDA could come out at any time in the next few days to do a follow-up inspection.
The sanctuary had dealt with smaller USDA violations previously, including unclean water bowls and excessive pests such as flies.