Former Dallas Zookeeper Cleared of Most Charges

Terranova said he has 40 years of experience with animals including elephants, large cats, camels and primates

By Ken Kalthoff and Shane Allen
|  Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012  |  Updated 4:49 PM CDT
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A former Dallas zookeeper accused of mistreating animals has been cleared of most charges he was facing.

Doug Terranova resigned from the zoo last year amid the U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation of his work as animal trainer before joining the zoo.

Some of the most serious accusations involving his handling of elephants and other circus animals before joining the zoo were dismissed or found to be unsubstantiated. Some accusations were upheld regarding fences and barriers for animals.

Terranova’s attorney asked that the government pay his legal bills but the administrative judge denied that request.

Terranova could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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