Owner Vince Covino took KXAN News on a tour of the facility Thursday, as crews prepare the building for water and fish.Over the past few months, Covino has had to deal with permitting issues which forced him to move the fish he did have in stock off-site.
Opponents of the aquarium point to an ongoing investigation by the Oregon Humane Society into another aquarium owned by Vince and and his brother, Ammon Covino in Portland, Ore.Covino says he takes the accusations seriously and issued this letter.
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Covino says the creatures bound for the Austin Aquarium are getting what they need, although they're off-site for now.
"[The animals get] the exact same level of care from the exact same people here as they would off site," Covino said. "There is no difference in the level of care in the animals, the water testing, the medicines that they receive and so forth doesn't change."
KXAN News will follow the permitting process as Covino gets closer to opening the new attraction.
Austin code compliance found no violations inside the facility at last check.
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