A series of photographs were published on Facebook by a user complaining that animals inside the Puerto Vallarta Zoo were not living under good conditions, suffered from mistreatment and that it was depressing to see them there.
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Hola a todos quiero compartir mi experiencia en el zoológico de Puerto vallarta. Nunca nunca me había sentido así….
The Municipal Government took action on this matter and Tuesday morning, the Control Center, Animal Assistance and Municipal Shelter (CECAAAM), conducted an inspection headed by Deputy Chief Armando Rubio Delgado inside the facilities located in the jungle area of Mismaloya. Investigators concluded the complaint of abuse was not valid.
“It was an informal complaint, since people think that Facebook is a mailbox of complaints and suggestions, and the attention and follow-up regarding animal welfare was given to us,” the official said.
“We started the tour, it was more than an hour, and what we could see is that the animals enjoy full health, the photos that were filmed by Facebook are wrongly taken”.
He explained that the ponies, dromedaries as well as the female hippopotamus that were captured in the photographs enjoy a good state of health; the first ones are in the process of shedding their hair for the summer season.
“Check the source first, do not share something by a person that does not have the knowledge about animal husbandry and health in captivity, animals that are exhibited in zoos are animals born in captivity,” added Rubio Delgado.