Denounce Zoo for Unsanitary Conditions


Target: Pam Sellner, Owner of Cricket Hollow Zoo

Goal: Denounce the Cricket Hollow Zoo for forcing its animals to live in unsanitary conditions

The Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester, Iowa has been a part of the Sellner family for 14 years and has received numerous violations from the USDA during its years of operation. Tom and Pam Sellner, the current owners of the zoo, are facing a lawsuit with allegations of harassment and filthy living conditions.

Many of the animals kept in the Cricket Hollow Zoo are forced to live in horribly unsanitary enclosures with fencing problems. The Animal Legal Defense Fund also claims the roadside zoo is unlawfully in possession of endangered animal species such as lemurs, lions and tigers because they did not have a permit or permission from the government to legally acquire those species. It is believed that the Cricket Hollow Zoo has illegally obtained nearly 300 animals.

Despite the claims and the goal of the lawsuit to shut down the zoo, Pam Sellner only sees this issue as a minor violation. This abuse and severe negligence must cease immediately to ensure the health and well being of the animals living at Cricket Hollow Zoo. Sign this petition to denounce the Cricket Hollow Zoo for its failure to keep its animal enclosures clean and for unlawfully obtaining endangered species.


Dear Pam Sellner,

It has come to my attention that you are currently facing a lawsuit with allegations of harassment and filthy living conditions. I also understand that throughout the Cricket Hollow Zoo’s many years of operation, you have received numerous violations from the USDA.

I am seriously concerned for the welfare of the animals currently living in the your zoo. No animal should be forced to live in such horribly unsanitary conditions. Along with the zoo’s failure to maintain clean enclosures with proper fencing, it also faces allegations that claim nearly 300 animals at the zoo were illegally obtained. I hope you realize that unlawfully acquiring endangered species is a very serious issue.

I am surprised that although the lawsuit’s goal is to permanently shut down the Cricket Hollow Zoo, you still refuse to admit the claims against the zoo are anything but minor violations. Unless you want to have the Cricket Hollow Zoo taken away from you and permanently closed, I urge you to take responsibility for your negligence and immediately improve the living conditions of the animals in your care.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: S. Taheri via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Myrna Burdick says:

    Why write a letter to someone operating such a facility???

    The state of Iowa needs to be investigating, the USDA needs to get off their behinds and get this place closed down and the animals placed in decent, legal, zoos.

  2. Cecily Colloby. says:

    Stick this pair in a cage and let them live in their own filth to be ogled by the public….

  3. So these jackasses are facing lawsuits? So what? They should be facing jail time and the animals confiscated and properly rehomed at once.

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