Virginia zoo director Meghan Mogensen has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for animal cruelty after drowning an adult wallaby named Parmesan in January. Parmesan was being treated for a minor eye injury when another zoo employee found the animal’s body soaking in a plastic bag inside a dumpster.
Mogensen initially said that she had humanely euthanized the wounded animal on orders of a senior zoo official, a claim that was disproved when a necropsy of the animal showed clear signs of drowning. In addition to jail time, Mogensen will suffer a $1,250 fine and a six-month suspension of her driver’s license for the illegal possession of animal anesthetics.
Via Washington Post