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More on possible safety concerns at Serenity Springs

By Mireya Garcia, Telemundo Anchor/NC13 Reporter, Twitter: @Mireya_G, m.garcia@krdo.com
Published On: Aug 01 2013 06:49:45 PM CDT

USDA says the cat sanctuary is violating animal welfare laws.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

There is more questionable information coming to light about a Calhan animal sanctuary. Thirty-one animals dead because of improper care at Serenity Springs-- that is what the U.S. Department of Agriculture says about the wildcat sanctuary.

Despite the allegations, owner Nick Sculac wants the feds to give him permission to breed endangered animals.

According to legal documents from 2007-2011 animal health inspectors with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Sculac has not been providing proper care or housing for the animals. Sculac refused to talk about the complaints, but said he doesn't think they will affect his request to breed endangered animals.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has taken an interest in the case and said it hopes Sculac is wrong.

 “Any exhibitor who has demonstrated such a dramatic failure to meet the most minimum standards of care for the animals already in its custody has no business obtaining a permit to breed more animals,” said PETA attorney Carney Anne Chester.

The USDA usually does inspections once a year, but Serenity Springs has been inspected nine times this year. Many of the latest inspections found repeated problems like refusing to open the facility to inspectors.

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