Animals Reportedly Living in Feces at Defunct Roadside Zoo Deserve Justice

Target: Craig Kellogg, Director of USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service, Michigan

Goal: Seize remaining seemingly mistreated animals from roadside zoo

Animals were reportedly living in horrible conditions at a defunct roadside zoo. This zoo, formerly known as Sunrise Side Nature Trail and Exotic Park, was apparently in such poor state that they had to have their bear confiscated due to its health conditions. According to reports, the bear had a swollen wound on the face, resulting in ulcers. Each animal had apparently not been attended by a veterinarian for over a year. Despite shutting down their services because of the pandemic, owners James and Barbara Svoboda upheld a license through the United States Department of Agriculture, which ultimately was why an inspector came to their site.

In the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s report, six issues were apparently noted. One bobcat was reportedly obese with matted fur and there was a seemingly malnourished lion with bones protruding. In the bobcat’s enclosure feces reportedly covered the litter box and it seemed like the animal could not walk normally. In the lion’s exhibit, mold was apparently around the food in addition to feces covering the enclosure. The bear’s exhibit was similarly seemingly unattended and unkempt. The caretakers were given a week to fix all the cited issues.

To the inspector’s dismay, the violations were apparently not addressed, and a vet was not even administered to assist any of the animals. The bear’s wounds were only getting worse, per reports, with dead tissue around the eye starting to form. This was what resulted in the confiscation of the animal ultimately, however this apparent lack of overall care means the owners should have all animals taken. The animals deserve proper care, treatment, and enclosures.


Dear Mr. Kellogg,

A United States Department of Agriculture employee reported violations of a defunct zoo. Lack of compliance from the owners, James and Barbara Svoboda, apparently resulted in one of their bears being confiscated due to terrible health conditions. Enclosures were reportedly deemed unsafe for animals and humans alike, even if the zoo is no longer having visitors. The animals were seemingly not given medical care as well. We ask that you make certain each animal on the facility in Iosco County be properly treated and transferred to safer facilities.

It is quite vile that something like this could allegedly happen. With a reportedly morbidly obese bobcat and malnourished lion roaming in their own feces, these violations must not be disregarded. Please verify that they comply with federal law, and provide justice to these animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Wulf Willis


  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    IMMEDIATELY SEIZE ALL ANIMALS at the location! Make the owners PAY ALL VET BILLS to restore these poor animals to full health and make them PAY ALL RELOCATION COSTS to get them to sanctuary. BAN THEM from ever purchasing, owning, caring for, being near or working with any animals ever again.

  2. sylvia vegas says:

    Dear Mr. Kellog, ‘
    Please order those poor animals sent to a Sanctuary
    Thank you!

    • patricia schwartzman says:

      Yes, Mr. Kellogs, the sooner the better!
      And please, in addition to putting the owners, James and Barbara Svoboda, on probation, make them pay a good sum of money to cover the vet’s bill.

  3. Millie Yamini says:

    Mr. Kellog:
    Irresponsible people like those two, who after having profited from those poor animals, are so ungrateful and abandon them like if they were objects, it is completely unacceptable … the penalty you impose on them may make think people twice before abandoning/mistreating animals so cruelly.
    Thank you!

  4. Jaime Perez says:

    These two are nothing but greedy, worthless pos monsters who should have to pay all vet bills and then spend the rest of their worthless lives in jail. Animals should never be used for profit. It gets worse when they are not properly cared for!


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