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Speak Out: Does Verdict Alter Your Zoo Plans?

Reston Zoo director Meghan Mogensen was found guilty of cruelty to animals and possession of a controlled substance in death of a wallaby last winter. Will you still visit the Reston Zoo?

Meghan Mogensen, the director of the 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.

Read the details of Friday's bench trial here.

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.

J P October 03, 2012 at 02:39 PM
If Fairfax County Animal Control can prohibit/ban residents from adopting pets after incidents have been reported, why should this be any different? If anything, there should be more stringent controls in place.
Jerry October 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Its funny what people get up in arms about. I worked at the feed store and we all called her the Paris Hilton of agriculture. she was a real sweet little blonde that always helped load her own feed. For someone 100lbs we thought she'd break, but she just laughed. She's an ag girl, farm raised. always spent several thousands on feeds, bowls, vitamins, treats whatever the animals needed. There isn't a cruel bone in her body. I am glad there are still some farms, some animals in the area. Left to ya'll - every farm in the state would be a subdividsion. Stick to your shopping malls.
reston on my laurels October 03, 2012 at 07:33 PM
She's cute and can lift a feed bag, so let's give her a pass? You know what she didn't spend money on- humane vet care. I'd prefer that over a couple of treats that she turns around and sells for more profit so the goats can overeat for the benefit of little Timmy. I'm also an ag girl, farm raised. And I do think protecting farm land is important. However, Reston Zoo isn't a farm. No one here has proposed buildilng over Reston Zoo. The average Restonian would love to see that space kept open and undeveloped.
Connie Hartke October 04, 2012 at 09:22 PM
At noon today the Kojo Namdi show discussed "Roadside Zoos." See http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2012-10-04/regulating-roadside-zoos. Guest speakers included the Deputy Director, Program and Policy, The Humane Society of the United States - and they are well aware of what happened here.
Daniel October 08, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Its a misdemeanor. I doubt anything is over, its the same as a speeding ticket. Edith, no doubt you have received one yourself? Common misdemeanors include, shoplifting, driving under the influence, writing bad checks, domestic assault, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving...etc. Imagine if everyone who had ever done those things couldn't go into law enforcement...there would be no cops left! :)

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