Jeff Lowe’s Zoo Suspension Due to Poor Veterinary Care Allegations
Jeff LoweThe animals at the “Tiger King” Zoo have not received proper veterinary care for years … according to the federal government, which suspended its license to operate the zoo.
As we reported … the US Department of Agriculture revoked Jeff’s exhibitor license for Exotic joeGW’s former exotic wildlife park for 21 days, and now we know why the USDA finally issued the call to punish it.
According to new legal documents, obtained by TMZ … USDA cites Lowe for many failures by providing veterinary care to its animals since November 2017.
USDA points out that the number of animals at Lowe’s Zoo has skyrocketed from 29 in 2017 to 212 in 2020, and claims he is simply unable to take care of all lions, tigers, lemurs, monkeys and other animals that he has accumulated.
Jeff is also accused of submitting false documents related to veterinary care and records. Specifically, the USDA claims it submitted reports from its attending vet in 2019 and 2020 … even though that vet claims to have resigned from the zoo in June 2018.
According to the documents … Jeff and his wife, Lauren, also violated regulations by exhibiting animals without sufficient distance and barriers between them and the public.
And of course the USDA cites countless examples of allegedly abused animals of his recent investigation – as we first told you – like the 16 week old lion cub who was too weak to stand, geriatric wolves in pain and a dead 17 year old tigon who was not properly cared for or eliminated from.
Finally, the USDA says Lowe does not have the required documents – acquisition records and disposition records – for a group of animals at the zoo.
Lowe tells us that allegations of improper veterinary care were never an issue until the last USDA inspection, which he previously dismissed as the “overzealous” government.
Jeff also claims that the zoo has had issues keeping a attending vet, as needed, due to harassment by PETA – but he says they have one now, and adds … they’ve always had vets to take care of the animals when needed.
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