A cooperative effort rehomes neglected exotics to sanctuaries equipped to care for them
On a day that included the rescue of cougars, leopards, and wolf hybrids from an unaccredited roadside zoo, a day that saw responders carry a tranquilized tiger out of his cage on a stretcher, the animal Adam Parascandola most recalls was much smaller: a lone macaque monkey, living in an empty enclosure.
"Just dirt and bars," remembers Parascandola, director of animal cruelty investigations at The HSUS. "There was absolutely nothing in there for him to do. … [It] seemed to be a very bleak existence for him. So for me, getting him out of that situation and into a better situation was one of the real highlights."
In late January, The HSUS helped rescue three tigers, two cougars, two leopards, two wolf hybrids, and the macaque from Mississippi’s Collins Zoo. The operation stemmed from a 2009 HSUS undercover investigation that revealed inadequate care and housing for the animals and dangerously few safety measures for the visiting public.
For responders typically charged with removing suffering and neglected animals from puppy mills, hoarders, and dogfighting operations, this was an unusual rescue.