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County May Reconsider Closing Unaccredited Moapa Zoo

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County commissioners may reconsider their decision to deny a permit for what has evolved into a zoo in Moapa.

The Las Vegas Sun reports two veterinarians moved onto the rural property in 2006 and housed kangaroos and wallabies. They added animals and tours over the years, grabbing the attention of Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District.

The two groups decided in January 2014 to close the nonprofit Roos-N-More Zoo, which is unaccredited and lacks zoning for exotic animals.

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Neighbors say the zoo causes noise and attracts flies, while others have raised money to support Roos-N-More.

Veterinarians Valerie and Jay Holt have applied for permitting and spent money to improve the facility. Commissioner Mary Beth Scow requested the Holt's recently-denied use permit be reconsidered on Sept. 2.