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Judge refuses to order animals returned to roadside zoo

WINCHESTER (AP) A Frederick County judge has refused to order the return of more than 100 animals to a roadside zoo that has a history of complaints.

General District Court Judge Charles Foley ruled Aug. 29 that Wilson’s Wild Animal Park owner Keith Wilson cruelly treated, neglected or deprived the animals of adequate care, The Winchester Star reported.

The court also ordered Wilson to allow veterinarians to periodically inspect his property and any animals remaining at the zoo.

Wilson has 10 days to appeal.

The ruling came two weeks after Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office joined with state and local authorities to seize the animals, including water buffalo, tigers and lions.

Federal inspectors have cited the zoo multiple times for violations. The zoo’s website says it’s closed until further notice.

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