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Another suit filed in truck stop tiger case

3 years ago January 04, 2012 Jan 4, 2012 Wednesday, January 04 2012 Wednesday, January 04, 2012 5:41:00 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The owner of a Grosse Tete truck stop has filed suit against the state of Louisiana and Iberville Parish in a last-ditch effort to keep a 550-pound tiger on display at the facility.

The Advocate reports the lawsuit, filed Tuesday, comes two months after a Baton Rouge judge ruled Tony, a Siberian-Bengal mix, is not permitted by state law to remain at Tiger Truck Stop on Interstate 10. That ruling is being appealed.

Michael Sandlin's suit contends the truck stop has a federal permit to keep the tiger, and that the state law and a 1993 Iberville Parish ordinance which prohibits anyone from owning wild, exotic or vicious animals for display or exhibition are unconstitutional.

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