Springfield’s Animal Kingdom Zoo and on-site pet store suffered 2 deadly fires since 2011. The first of the two was in April of 2011, and killed 43-year-old co-owner Bridget Sipp, who was trying to save her mother, who had already been rescued.
The second fire took place six months later, killing a mother giraffe and her cub, two dogs, several cats, and a room full of exotic birds. 24 animals died in total, and the on-site pet store was destroyed.
PETA is most angry about the 15 exotic birds being killed in the fire, and they say it exemplifies the negative consequences of what happens when the USDA doesn’t get involved quick enough.
“Unfortunately I don’t think we’re ever going to know [if the birds’ deaths could have been prevented],” Velcianna Winders, PETA’s director of captive animal law enforcement said.
The town has had problems arise from the zoo where “[w]e had two hyenas [get] loose on one occasion,” said Springfield Councilman David Frank.