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Ryan Rearick of Charlotte and son Lincoln, then 1, check out goats at the zoo at the August 2011 Weddstock in Weddington.
By Joe DePriest
Sep. 06, 2013
SHELBY Petting zoos will be missing this year from several North Carolina agricultural fairs, including the Cleveland County and N.C. State fairs, which have been hit with E. coli outbreaks.
Animal exhibits will continue as usual, but officials say the future of petting zoos is up in the air because of liability concerns.
Last year’s outbreak at the Cleveland County Fair resulted in 106 E. coli cases and a toddler’s death. Shelby lawyer O. Max Gardner III, who represents the fair association, said seven civil suits filed by families of the victims have been consolidated in Gaston County and are under review by a Superior Court judge. No trial date has been set.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/09/06/4292742/petting-zoos-out-at-some-nc-agricultural.html#storylink=cpy