Meghan Mogensen, the director of the Reston Zoo, was found guilty by a Fairfax County General District Court judge late on Friday for her role in the death of an injured Parma wallaby last January.
Judge Ian O'Flaherty sentenced Mogensen to more than $1,200 in fines and 30 days in jail. Her attorney says he will appeal the ruling.
Mogensen told investigators she injected the animal to euthanize him because he was suffering. A former employee said Mogensen drowned the animal in a bucket and threw his body in a dumpster. The employee, Ashley Rood, then called the authorities.
Friday's testimony by Rood and a series of veterinary experts offered some unsettling details of animal treatment at the zoo.
Does the verdict - as well as some of the details of the animal treatment - change plans to visit the zoo? Tell us in the comments.