The proprietor of Wilson’s Wild Animal Park in Winchester and his nephew both equally pleaded no contest Friday to animal cruelty charges.
The two gentlemen, Keith Wilson and Christian Dall’Acqua, were indicted in November 2019 just after point out agents raided Wilson’s zoo and seized 119 animals, including lions, tigers, bears, camels, goats, water buffalo, and much more.
Wilson was sentenced to 12 months with 12 months suspended on 27 counts of animal cruelty, for a time period of 5 decades on the pursuing situations:
- He will not do the job, very own, have, broker, purchase, promote, trade, transfer, or barter any exotic animals, which contains non-human primates, birds, and reptiles, for 5 yrs.
- He will have no a lot more than 125 agricultural animals and will follow fantastic animal husbandry. Wilson is allowed just one puppy, and the condition will contemplate raising the cap immediately after 1 calendar year if he maintains clean inspections and very good animal husbandry.
- He will allow for unannounced inspections by legislation enforcement, investigators, and a certified Virginia veterinarian for a period of 5 a long time. There will be up to 5 inspections for each calendar year.
- Wilson also agreed to waive his Fourth Amendment rights to search and seizure for law enforcement or Animal Handle to only examine to make certain he is not owning any unique animals and that he has no much more than 125 agricultural animals and a pet.
Dall’Acqua was sentenced to 12 months with 12 months suspended on 19 counts of animal cruelty for a period of time of five a long time on the following ailments:
- He will not get the job done with, personal, have, broker, get, promote, trade, transfer, or barter any unique animals, which involves non-human primates, birds and reptiles for 5 yrs.
- Dall’Acqua agrees to waive his Fourth Amendment rights to research and seizure for law enforcement or Animal Regulate to examine to only assure he is not proudly owning any exotic animals.
- Dall’Acqua also agrees to waive any charm rights pursuant to this plea settlement.
Wilson also faces expenses in connection with trafficking lion cubs between Virginia and South Carolina, along with Bhagavan “Doc” Antle of the Netflix documentary “The Tiger King.”