RESTON, Va. (WUSA) - It looked like business as usual at the popular Reston Zoo today with children families getting up close to all kinds of animals that live there. But they didn't see a certain Wallaby who used to live there. The animal was sick. And the Zoo's director apparently euthanized it by drowning, which is illegal.
After a five month investigation by Fairfax County police, Reston Zoo director, 26-year-old Meghan Mogensen was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and possession of a controlled substance after alleged improper treatment of a sick Wallaby. The drugs she allegedly had were for euthanizing animals, according to police.
The whistleblower was a Zoo employee who called police last January . Court documents say the employee told an officer he put the Wallaby in a crate, and later saw the empty crate next to a spigot, with a five gallon bucket of water. He said he jumped in a dumpster and found a trash bag containing the dead Wallaby, who was profusely wet.
Zoo vistior Elizabeth Jones said I think she was probably doing what was right."
Jones, who runs the information family website called Dullesmoms dot com, says the arrest of the Reston Zoo's director won't keep her from going back.
She says she's never seen staff mistreat animals and that the animals appeared very well cared for.
Meghan Mogensen turned herself in to authorities on Friday. She was released on her own personal recognizance.