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Private zoo animals removed

COLLINS, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Big cats like lions and tigers as well as other animals considered dangerous have been taken from a private zoo in Covington County.

The Collins Roadside Zoo is on Highway 49 and has been there for years.

The Humane Society of the United States says the animals are not being properly cared for and this is not the first time.

This is an ongoing problem.

Two years ago similar complaints were filed against the Collins private zoo and the Human Society of the United States filed complaints about they way these animals were being treated and the condition of the cages they were in.

The zoo allowed WLBT to come in and photograph anything.

Then there were 3 cougars, 3 leopards, 2 tigers and a lion.

It was a different story Wednesday.

We were kept across the road as Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks agents went into the zoo and brought animals out but we were kept away.

Jordan Crump, representing the Humane Society of the United States crossed the road and told us why they were there.

"They do not meet the permit requirements, there are hazards to the public, the enclosures are not safe," Crump said. "We are sedating the animals and putting them into transport cages."

"We see that the animals are kept in substandard housing," said Lydia Sattler, Mississippi Director of the Humane Society of the United States. "Which is flimsy, it's small there are issues that could be of concern to public safety."

Jennifer Farmer, a volunteer for the zoo from Collins, gave us the other side of the story.

"I think it's vindictive, there has never been an escape, there has never been an animal escape from it's cage or these premises," Farmer said.

So the lions, tigers leopards and other dangerous animals are being removed from the private zoo.

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