Following numerous complaints from Humane Long Island, Sloth Encounters owner Larry Wallach was yet again cited by USDA APHIS for violations of the Animal Welfare Act in August 2023 after failing to keep a written program of veterinary care for kangaroos, capybaras, a chinchilla, and a sugar glider; and for keeping the sloths in an enclosure with humidity insufficient for their health and welfare, leading to a baby sloth named Cosmo to scratch at his skin. 

These latest violations come on the heels of a new Humane Long Island investigation that documents Wallach taking customers through the back of his illegal Hauppauge storewhich has been ordered closed by the Supreme Court three timesand bringing them to unlicensed marijuana parties where organizers allege the sloths got “high.”