Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Owner of Bowmanville Zoo Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Owner of Bowmanville Zoo Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

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Ont. zoo owner faces 5 animal cruelty charges

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BOWMANVILLE, Ont. - The owner of a private zoo east of Toronto is facing animal cruelty charges after video footage surfaced that appeared to show him hitting a tiger with a whip during a training session.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it began investigating alleged abuse at the Bowmanville Zoo immediately after reviewing the footage that emerged in December.

The agency says the zoo's owner, Michael Hackenberger, is charged with four counts of causing an animal distress and one of failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care for an animal.

Three of the distress charges relate to the use of a whip.

The OSPCA says it will conduct another inspection of the zoo and continue to closely monitor the animals there. …

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