Animal Legal Defense Fund

Judge’s actions in Cricket Hollow Zoo case are the focus of appeal

BY: - May 25, 2021

The Iowa Court of Appeals will hear arguments next month as to the fairness of a judge who shut down eastern Iowa’s Cricket Hollow Zoo after citing “deplorable” conditions at the roadside attraction. The two owners of the now-shuttered zoo, Pamela and Thomas Sellner of Manchester, are appealing a 2019 court ruling declaring the zoo […]

Animal-welfare group asks judge to consider heavy fines and jail in Cricket Hollow case

BY: - January 25, 2021

The animal-welfare organization that’s battling the owners of Iowa’s Cricket Hollow Zoo are asking the court to fine the owners roughly $50,000 and consider jailing the couple for up to six months if they are found guilty of contempt of court. The two owners of the now-shuttered zoo, Pamela and Thomas Sellner of Manchester, are […]

Zoo attorney argues a finding of guilt would warrant no more than a $100 fine

BY: - January 19, 2021

The attorney representing the operators of eastern Iowa’s Cricket Hollow Zoo said his clients never violated a court order pertaining to their animals, but if they did, a fine of $100 would be appropriate. Pamela and Thomas are Sellner of Manchester are accused of contempt of court for allegedly violating a judge’s 2019 order requiring […]

Zoo owner lashes out in court at ‘animal rights terrorist group’

BY: - January 12, 2021

The operator of eastern Iowa’s shuttered Cricket Hollow Zoo, facing a charge of contempt of court, lashed out Tuesday at what she has called an “animal rights terrorist group” that successfully fought to close the zoo in 2019. The testimony of Pamela Sellner of Manchester came in the fourth and final day of Sellner’s contempt-of-court […]

‘Get some therapy,’ angry wildlife exhibitor tells lawyer in Cricket Hollow case

BY: - January 8, 2021

An angry and combative wildlife exhibitor testified Friday that he took custody of five bears from eastern Iowa’s troubled Cricket Hollow Zoo in 2019, and almost immediately killed two of them by accident. The testimony came in the third day of a contempt-of-court trial of the zoo’s owners, Thomas and Pamela Sellner of Manchester. The […]

Evidence of animals ‘starved to death’ presented in Cricket Hollow case

BY: - January 7, 2021

Investigators tasked with rescuing animals from eastern Iowa’s Cricket Hollow Zoo testified Thursday there was evidence of animals being starved to death or sold online in the weeks leading up to the zoo’s closure in December 2019. The testimony came in the second day of a contempt-of-court trial of the zoo’s owners, Thomas and Pamela […]

Piles of dead animals were found at Iowa zoo, according to court testimony

BY: - January 6, 2021

An investigator tasked with rescuing animals from the shuttered Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester testified Wednesday that she stumbled upon “piles” of dead animals when she launched an investigation there 13 months ago. The testimony came in the first day of a contempt-of-court trial of the zoo’s owners, Thomas and Pamela Sellner of Manchester. The […]