Dec 16, 2017 — Friends,
While we had intended on not providing a new update until we have a verdict from Nosey’s trial, we received some stunning news just moments ago: the “owners” of Nosey the elephant have been arrested for charges of animal cruelty related to Nosey!
The Liebels are being processed into jail in Lawrence County, Alabama as I type this update. To obtain the most up-to-date information on this new development, please follow us on our social media channels. The links are listed at the bottom of this post.
We can also share that the trial for Nosey took place yesterday and went on for an extremely long 10.5 hours during which time both sides presented their case. During the trial, the veterinarian for the prosecution shared that Nosey has had x-rays completed that prove she suffers from osteoarthritis. When she arrived at the sanctuary, she was also found to have a urinary tract infection, roundworm, and an ongoing severe skin disorder, which has caused deep and painful cracks in her skin that were also riddled with infection. This disorder has been present for some time, and causes her pain as she moves.
In short, Nosey needs the ongoing care of a professional veterinarian in order to live her best life, which is NOT something the Liebel family can or will provide.
The judge will be issuing a written decision in the near future. CompassionWorks International has already filed a request to be immediately notified when that decision has been filed. At that time, we will provide yet another update on the fight for Nosey!
Supporting Nosey and other elephants that continue to languish in cruel circus life takes a village!, and we thank you so much for being a part of ours. To continue to support our work to combat circus abuse, please visit cwint.org/donate. Donations are currently being matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor.
Thank you once again for all of your actions for Nosey, your vigilance in notifying us when you have seen her or any traveling performing animal, and for supporting CWI in our efforts to put an end to circus cruelty once and for all.
For the animals,
Carrie LeBlanc, M.A.
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