PITTSBURGH (AP) - Court papers show that Pittsburgh Zoo officials had concerns about the exhibit where a 2-year-old boy was mauled to death last year by wild African dogs.
Maddox Derkosh fell from an open viewing area into the exhibit, and the boy's parents have sued. Their attorneys say the zoo safety committee expressed concerns as early as 2006. For example, the lawsuit says that minutes from a May 2007 meeting noted that "guests are dangling children over the rail at the wild dog exhibit." Spokeswoman Tracy Gray says the zoo has an active safety committee, and the exhibit continuously exceeded safety requirements set by national oversight groups. The zoo says the boy's mother was negligent at the exhibit.