animal rights

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 […]

Bill that would block cities from banning pet stores is headed to Senate floor

BY: - February 26, 2021

Legislation that would ban cities from limiting the operation of pet stores and other animal-related businesses is headed to the Iowa Senate floor for debate. Senate Study Bill 1195, which is opposed by animal-welfare groups and organizations representing Iowa’s cities and counties, was passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday on an 8-4 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

After Des Moines man allegedly starves dogs to death, ARL calls for Legislature to revisit animal neglect bill

BY: - May 20, 2020

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is calling on the Iowa Legislature to revisit a bill that would impose stricter penalties on animal abusers after a Des Moines man allegedly starved two dogs to death that he adopted from the shelter. David Goodburn, 21, of Des Moines, is charged with two counts of animal neglect […]