USDA announces probe in boy's Pittsburgh zoo death

Associated Press Published: November 16, 2012
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has formally announced its investigation into the death of a 2-year-old boy who was fatally mauled when he fell into a wild African dogs exhibit at the Pittsburgh zoo.

Zoo officials had previously said the USDA would investigate along with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an accrediting agency.

USDA spokesman Dave Sacks says investigators will be looking for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which governs the treatment of animals in public exhibits.