Woman Pleads Guilty to Reston Zoo Wallaby Drowning

LANHAM, Md.– A woman arrested in June on animal cruelty charges stemming from a wallaby death at the Reston Zoo is currently serving 30 days in jail, according to Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General.

Meghan Mogensen, of Silver Spring, Md., was found guilty in general district court in September, but she appealed to the circuit court and worked out a plea agreement last week, spokesman Brian Gottstein said.

The Washington Post reports a former zoo employee testified in September that the wallaby sustained an eye injury earlier in 2012. An autopsy on the animal’s body, which was found by the employee in a dumpster, showed signs of drowning.

Gottstein said Mogensen, as part of the deal, will not be allowed to make decisions regarding the care or euthanasia of any animal while serving as animal caretaker of a zoo or animal sanctuary worker.

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