Judge: No more permits for truck stop tiger
BATON ROUGE - The owner of a tiger on display at an Iberville Parish truck stop will not receive any new permits to keep the animal, according to a judge's ruling today.
The Advocate reports District Judge Mike Caldwell ruled that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries can't issue any new permits to the Tiger Truck Stop and its owner, Michael Sandlin, to keep "Tony" at the business.
Sandlin had been sued by the California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund after LDWF issued a new permit in December. The group had asked the tiger be removed from the truck stop, citing a conflict in state and parish laws when it came to owning big, exotic cats. They also claimed the tiger's habitat and the environment of the truck stop were harmful to Tony.
Caldwell's decision means the tiger can remain on display until the current permit runs out in December, barring appeals.
Sandlin told News 2 in November that he would send Tony to an animal sanctuary once he became too sick to stay at his current habitat.