Animals find homes after petting zoo closes

November 05, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

All the animals from the C&J Amusements petting zoo at the closed Tradersmart in Anne Arundel County have been saved from the slaughterhouse, although some of their newly found homes are temporary.

More than a dozen people have offered to adopt the animals, which included a llama, a pony and three Vietnamese potbellied pigs. Meanwhile, two acquaintances of Donald and Louann Lewis, who operated the zoo as C&J Amusements, will shelter whatever animals are not sold, Mrs. Lewis said yesterday.

The Lewises said they needed to sell the animals -- even at a fraction of their value -- to recoup some of their financial loss, but preferred not to sell them for meat.

"I just sold a few of the goats and one of the sheep for less than what they would bring at the market," Mr. Lewis said.

Mrs. Lewis said she had raised some of the animals since they were a few days old and did not want to see them slaughtered. But the couple did not have a place for them at their home in Pasadena and was frantically searching for people who would buy them or keep them temporarily.

Among the buyers was Ted Kaniewski, who picked up three animals, along with a bale of hay, for his mother, Ann Massey, who often took her grandchildren to the petting zoo.

"Mom felt sorry for them," Mr. Kaniewski said.

The petting zoo was one of dozens of business casualties at the Tradersmart bazaar on Ritchie Highway. The market was closed late last month by the Anne Arundel County fire marshal, who said it violated several safety codes. The market, opened nearly a year ago, had no occupancy permit.

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