From the Niagara Falls Review:
Leaving Marineland broke Phil Demers’ heart. But he had to do it.
The 34-year-old animal trainer left Marineland after 12 years, and has gone public with allegations of deplorable water conditions and mistreatment of animals by his former employer.
Demers said he made the decision to leave in May and then go public because the park’s owner, John Holer, wasn’t making changes he thought were necessary.
“All of my efforts in house proved futile,” Demers said Wednesday. “I could yell and scream, but at the end of the day, I didn’t get the support that I hoped I’d get from management to correct what was a really bad problem.”