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Galleria at Sunset pulls plug on circus show

Posted at 4:38 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 02:31:41-04
The Ramos Brothers Circus was scheduled to perform at the Galleria at Sunset starting March 24.
The Henderson mall has announced they are cancelling the show.
Animal rights activists accuse the Ramos Brothers Circus of treating the animals poorly. They praised the Galleria's decision.
The Galleria Mall has released the following statement:
“In light of recent events with the Ramos Bros. Circus, the Galleria at Sunset has canceled the circus from March 24 through April 4. For 20 years, the Galleria at Sunset has been Henderson’s mall, home to safe, family-friendly community events. While many enjoy bringing their families to the circus, our top priority is and always has been safety. We apologize to those who have been inconvenienced by this decision. Those who have already purchased tickets should contact the circus directly at ramoscircus.com for reimbursement.”

Owner Oliver Ramos was given the news Wednesday. He told 13 Action News over the phone and said he was "devastated" by the decision.

Ramos said his animals all have certificates, are healthy and have clean records. He added that if his animals were mistreated, like animal activists allege, he wouldn't be allowed to keep them.

But just because Ramos Brothers Circus isn't performing at Galleria Mall, it doesn't mean they won't be in town at other locations.

Ramos said there are plenty shopping centers that have allowed the circus to perform in the past.

As they were taking the circus down, Jessica Ramos said the allegations are untrue, showing certificates and inspection forms from the USDA. She said an incident involving a Molotov cocktail being thrown at a show at the Boulevard Mall played a major role in the mall's decision.

"Unfortunately they felt that was a threat to their customers," Ramos said.

Ramos says she understands the decision, but says it has left the circus scrambling to look for a place to put on the show and support her employees.

The circus is working to extend its stay in North Las Vegas through this weekend, while searching for other options in California in the coming weeks.