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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Circus cited by USDA


Tina McGoldrick and daughter Emerson, 2, of Meriden have a front row seat on one of two elephants providing rides before the show at the Cole Bros. Circus in downtown Meriden Monday afternoon June 27, 2011. Rei Heitzenrater, 3, of Meriden, bottom right, observes an elephant for the first time. For the second straight year, the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars came to the downtown Hub site in early summer, with thousands of people attending. And everything seemed to run smoothly both times.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

By Dan Brechlin, Record-Journal staff Record-Journal

MERIDEN - For the second straight year, the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars came to the downtown Hub site in early summer, with thousands of people attending. And everything seemed to run smoothly both times.
However, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official said there were problems, and they need to be corrected.
The circus was cited twice for issues involving the handling of elephants during its June 27-29 visit. The alleged violations were detailed in a report by USDA medical veterinary officer and inspector Paula S. Glaude. The department performs random and routine investigations of circus conditions.
The circus was ordered to address the issues immediately, according to the report, lest there be further action.
The report said the circus, officially licensed as the Carson & Barnes Circus, failed to "handle the animals so that there is minimal risk of harm to the animal and public."
"On 6/27/11 the Cole Bros. Circus was set up on a property that was bordered on all sides by busy city streets," Glaude wrote in the report, referring to East Main, Pratt, State, and Mill streets. "The parking area was not surrounded by any fence and members of the public were able to walk through and enter the parking lot while 2 of the elephants were being bathed."read more:http://www.myrecordjournal.com/talkaboutit/article_13b95dac-c301-11e0-923e-001cc4c002e0.html?mode=story

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