Meghan Mogenson, Reston Zoo Director, Appears In Court For Allegedly Drowning Wallaby

8:48 AM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- The Reston Zoo director who was charged with animal cruelty for drowning a wallaby is in court on Friday.

Meghan Mogenson appeared in General District Court  at 10:45 a.m. in relation to a misdemeanor charge. At 2:00 p.m., only 6 witnesses of the 20 had taken the stand. 

In June, 9News obtained documents indicating the wallaby was not the only animal that was mistreated at the Reston Zoo. A USDA February 2012 inspection report identified euthanasia, frostbite, and an injured spider monkey left in pain as major problems.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service report cited the Reston Zoo with six violations, including cages that exposed a spider monkey to such cold temperatures the "hands and feet of the animal became frostbitten."

Inspectors also cited the zoo for improperly treating the spider monkey's "superficial cuts on his hands and feet," indicated the "veterinarian was not contacted" and "the pain the animal received from its injury was not relieved promptly."

Inspectors also cited the Reston Zoo in connection with the wallaby euthanasia.The same euthanasia led to the arrest of Mogensen.

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