Police Charge Zoo Director

Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release: 12/177/0135/LHC/eja(5)
June 24, 2012

Police Charge Zoo Director

photo of Meghan Mogensen

photo of Meghan Mogensen


            Reston Police District – Following a complex five-month-long investigation, Animal Control Officers arrested the 26-year-old director of the Reston Zoo on Friday, June 22.

            Meghan Mogensen of Silver Spring was charged with animal cruelty and possession of a controlled substance after alleged improper treatment of a sick wallaby. Animal Control Officers were alerted to a situation at the facility, 1228 Hunter Mill Road in Reston, when they followed up on a complaint of suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of an adult wallaby. On January 26, officers opened an investigation relating to allegations of improper treatment of injured animals and improper use of euthanasia drugs. A search warrant was executed on February 16 when evidence was obtained.

            The investigation is ongoing. Animal Control Officers are working jointly with the USDA, VDACS and other entities that insure proper protocols involving humane animal euthanasia, treatment and practices are used.

            Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.



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