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Zoo Closed, Feds Removing Animals

TV Reporter Attacked Trying To Get An Interview.

(LAS VEGAS, KXNT, A.P.)–Federal officials tell KXNT they have been removing animals from the Las Vegas Zoo, a privately owned facility on Rancho.

Zookeepers have walked off the job recently. The owner of the zoo has been accused of attacking a reporter who was at his door seeking an interview.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture tells KXNT it was responding to a previous report of animals at the zoo that were not properly shaded from the sun and heat.

Meantime, Las Vegas police say they responded about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to a home on Madre Mesa Drive, northwest of downtown. Video shows KSNV reporter Amber Dixon knocking on zoo owner Pat Dingle’s door. The video appears to show Dingle answering the door, then slamming it on Dixon and a videographer.

Dixon knocks again, and the video appears to show Dingle swinging an arm at her.

Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer tells the Las Vegas Sun Dingle was issued a misdemeanor battery citation.

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