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Keeper blamed for deaths of Palm Beach Zoo bush dogs, wildlife investigation says

Posted at 4:43 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 18:07:52-05

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has finalized its investigation into the deaths of two bush dogs at the Palm Beach Zoo.

The nine-page report does not charge anyone with any criminal wrongdoing but does assign blame to a zookeeper.

The report also includes some never before seen photos of the exhibit after it was drained.

FWC confirms what the zoo said when it happened, that a zookeeper accidentally left the water running at the exhibit and it was discovered flooded the next day with 2 of the 4 bush dogs missing and presumed drowned.

Zoo CEO Andrew Aiken resigned about 3 weeks after the incident. It's unclear if the resignation was connected to the deaths of the bush dogs. He was also in charge when a zookeeper was mauled by a tiger in 2016.

The zoo was asked if the keeper was still employed but a spokesperson said she could not comment on personnel issues.

The zoo hopes to reopen the bush dog exhibit in January.