USDA Announces Investigation In Death Of The 2 YO Boy Mauled At The Zoo

Posted 2 years ago

By Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has formally announced its investigation into the death of a 2-year-old boy who was fatally mauled when he fell into a wild African dogs exhibit at the Pittsburgh zoo.

Zoo officials had previously said the USDA would investigate along with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an accrediting agency.

USDA spokesman Dave Sacks says investigators will be looking for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which governs the treatment of animals in public exhibits.

Maddox Derkosh, of Whitehall, bled to death when he was attacked by the dogs after falling off a wooden rail on an observation platform overlooking the exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Sacks says there is no timeline for the investigation, though any violations found will be made public.


  • Kristine

    Just curious because it isn’t stated, but aren’t the african dogs, hyenas? Or is there a wild african dog that is separate from a hyena?

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  • wood

    They are African painted dogs. They are much different from hyenas. Very pretty though! google them!

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  • PB

    Really, a kid gets killed and the USDA will investigate the treatment of the animals. You want to know why our country is going bankrupt, ths is a perfect example, wasted tax payer money to check the “welfare” of wild dogs in a zoo when a human dies. Sad, really sad.

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