ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Government documents show multiple violations at Cindy`s Zoo over a number of years. According to USDA inspection reports, between July of 2011 and September of 2013 the violations ranged from a lack of sound structures to unclean water receptacle`s and cages. There were also issues with animals not getting medical treatment leading to deaths, along with inadequate cooling, ventilation and lighting.
FOX 2 stopped by zoo owner Cindy Farmer home and spoke to her by phone; she says she has passed all of her most recent inspections. She said that the bear did not belong to her and was never neglected. Farmer also says there are no rabies vaccinations available for bears.
Boo Boo was at risk of being euthanized. This occurred after a rabies scare when it nipped over 12 Washington University students last week. Luckily officials determined the bear didn`t have rabies and its life was spared. As for any other questions regarding the bear and inspections, Cindy Farmer had no further comment.
Zoo officials say that Boo Boo will stay at the zoo for the next 30 days until a permanent home is found.