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.
Winter is invading Texas with a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice were unleashed on much of northern and western sections of the state.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.