Cole Bros. Circus, which is , has settled multiple complaints with the USDA over treatment of its animals, according to a news release from animal-rights group PETA.
Violations settled by a $15,000 fine include failure to provide veterinary care to two underweight elephants, failure to handle an elephant in a way that minimizes risk of harm, failure to house elephants properly and poorly trained handlers.
WMBF News of South Carolina reports that Cole Bros. Ringmaster Chris Connors said PETA's claims are not true.
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