Zoo’s vet never saw signs of abuse

In the wake of allegations that the Gulf Breeze Zoo CEO and his daughter willfully violated the Animal Welfare Act, Dr. Natalie Dyson, the zoo’s veterinarian, said she’s never seen any signs of misconduct at the zoo.

“I go out at least once a month for monthly rounds, and anytime someone is sick they’ll call me,” she said. “I’ll go out there, or bring the animal here.”

Dyson, the owner of St. Francis Veterinary Center in Navarre, became the zoo’s veterinarian when current CEO Eric Mogensen purchased the facility in 2009.

Dyson said she’s never seen any sign of animal abuse.

“From my understanding, all of this came about because of a disgruntled employee,” she said.

Read the full story in the July 2 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.


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