MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request to delay the removal of bears, mountain lions and hundreds of other animals from an eastern Iowa roadside zoo.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the court denied a request from zoo owners Pam and Tom Sellner to delay removal of the animals. The couple sought the delay while they appeal a judge's ruling last week that the zoo is a nuisance and the animals must be placed at accredited sanctuaries or zoos.

Attorney Jessica Blome, who represented neighbors and is working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, said the supreme court's decision effectively guarantees all the roughly 300 animals will be removed from the Cricket Hollow Animal Park, near Manchester.

The zoo had been the subject of legal action for years as neighbors and animal welfare advocates argued hundreds of animals were kept in small, filthy enclosures.

The Sellners said the animals were properly cared for. Calls to the couple were not answered.

The couple had seven bears, two mountain lions, five primates, two foxes and two coyotes as well as a wolf, camel, llama, tropical birds and reptiles.

Blome said the animals should be moved within weeks.

The Sellners also face about $70,000 in legal expenses.