Zoo director charged with animal cruelty

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RESTON, Va. — Fairfax County animal control officers have charged the director of the Reston Zoo with animal cruelty.

Megan Mogensen, 26, of Silver Spring, Md., was arrested Friday following a 5-month investigation, authorities said.

The probe began after officers got a complaint about the circumstances surrounding the death of a wallaby.

In addition to the animal cruelty charge, Mogensen was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Authorities said the zoo did not have the appropriate permits or training to dispense the euthanasia drug that was used to kill the animal.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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