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A sign over the entrance to the zoo.

MANCHESTER, Iowa – A judge overseeing a trial to determine whether an eastern Iowa roadside zoo should be closed says she gagged on the `horrible stench” while touring the facility.

The Telegraph Herald reports that Judge Monica Wittig shared her reaction with those in attendance on Wednesday, the first day of the state trial in Manchester regarding Cricket Hollow Animal Park. Four plaintiffs have sued to have the animals removed and the zoo closed. It’s owned by Pam and Tom Sellner.

Wednesday’s proceedings included testimony by Tracey Kuehl, one of the four plaintiffs. Kuehl described the zoo stench during a 2012 visit and recalled seeing a lion repeatedly ramming itself into the side of the corncrib in which it was contained.
Information from: Telegraph Herald,

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