View of Cricket Hollow Animal Park west of Manchester, Iowa, in October 2019. 

MANCHESTER, Iowa — A judge called conditions at a Manchester roadside zoo “deplorable” on the opening day of a trial that will determine whether it can continue to operate.

Iowa District Court Judge Monica Wittig delivered the harsh assessment Wednesday during the opening day of the nonjury trial regarding Cricket Hollow Animal Park. The trial being held at the Delaware County Courthouse is expected to last one week.

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