PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) - Searches by federal agents, damning court documents, permit problems, Facebook pages urging a boycott, criminal charges and building violations are among the issues facing the owners of the Portland Aquarium.
And those problems are just what they’re dealing with in other states.
Brothers Vince and Ammon Covino deny the charges, and the staff at the Portland Aquarium deny any mistreatment of the animals.
But former employees and critics say there is a lot going on behind-the-scenes.
“It seemed there was just an active unwillingness to make sure the animals were taken care of,” former Portland Aquarium employee Lisa Van Etten told KOIN 6 News, KXAN's sister station in Portland, Ore. Van Etten is also a marine biologist. “It seemed like the bottom line for the business was to make as much money as possible rather than spending that money and investing that money to make sure the facility was adequate enough to care for the animals.”
The Oregon Humane Society is investigating the aquarium after a former employee released a “death log” documenting more than 200 animal deaths in a three-month period earlier this year. Complex investigations can, at times, take as along as six months, the Humane Society said.
The Covino brothers are slated to open an aquarium in North Austin this November. On Monday, PETA also called for an investigation of potential cruelty violations at the Austin location after lodging a similar complaint against the Portland Aquarium last week.
The judge presiding over the trial to oust District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg ruled Wednesday that she'll stay in office.
Mack Brown’s longtime friend and attorney said Wednesday that the veteran coach of the Longhorns has not yet made a decision on his future, but that it will come soon.
The Austin City Council will take up billing errors and problems with the appeals process at Austin Energy during Thursday's meeting.
Options for high speed Internet in Austin continue to expand. Google Fiber is coming to Austin soon, and now AT&T has announced the city will be the first for its own faster-than-ever Internet speeds.
A 15-year-old girl told police she was abducted from the parking lot at Bastrop High School on Wednesday.
After hundreds of park-goers complained about a lack of off-leash dog space in the new design of Auditorium Shores, the Austin Parks and Recreation Board is hoping a compromise will alleviate any concerns.