TOPEKA, Kan. – USDA officials have removed an alleged violation from the latest Topeka Zoo inspection report.
In a letter to the City of Topeka, the USDA Western Region Director stated he directed the inspector to remove the citation from the Topeka Zoo’s report.
The City of Topeka appealed the alleged violation, that had been reported after the April 24th Topeka Zoo inspection. It was related to the attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary care in the death of the zoo’s addra gazelle. The City of Topeka contends that the zoo’s veterinarian was directly involved in all phases of the assessment and treatment associated with the animal.
Officials stated the USDA lacked documentation to counter the City’s appeal.
“We believe this outcome is partly a result of our improving relationship with the USDA,” Zoo Director Brendan Wiley said. “We are working to build on that partnership, and this is another step in the right direction.”
Zoo officials self-reported the incident surrounding the death of the addra gazelle, a step to help foster communication with the USDA. Topeka Zoo officials have also increased reporting and documentation of all steps in veterinary care.