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Seizure of animals from Collins Zoo ruled unconstitutional

A circuit judge has ruled that the seizure of several animals from the Collins Zoo in January was unconstitutional. A circuit judge has ruled that the seizure of several animals from the Collins Zoo in January was unconstitutional.
COLLINS, MS (WDAM) -

A judge has ruled that the seizure of animals from the Collins Zoo earlier this year was unconstitutional.

Circuit Judge William Barnett said this week that the seizing of the animals during a Jan. 25 raid violated due process because owners Gus and Betty White weren't properly notified and weren't given the opportunity for a hearing.

During the raid, several tigers, leopards, wolf hybrids and other animals considered inherently dangerous were taken.

Their return is pending a hearing in justice court. 

Other seizures of animals by state officials at the zoo took place in 1988, 2001 and 2010.

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