Animals from alleged illegal petting zoo seized

Officials ended an alleged illegal petting zoo operated by Oorah, a charitable organization, Friday.

The discovery was made by Jeff Golub, who went to Oorah?s offices in Lakewood to buy a car that was donated to the charity. Golub says when he stumbled on the situation, he alerted police. A bull, goat, sheep and horse were later taken to Hillbilly Haven, a nearby ranch. The only animal left behind was a duck that was waiting for its eggs to hatch.

Ephraim Checkanow, an employee of Oorah, says that the children who visited the makeshift zoo were not in any harm since the animals had been vaccinated.

The SPCA hasn?t said if Checkanow will face animal cruelty charges.

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