Huge cats seized from Tiger King Park taken in by sanctuaries

All of the major cats that federal authorities not long ago seized from Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe’s…

All of the major cats that federal authorities not long ago seized from Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe’s Tiger King Park have been acknowledged by accredited sanctuaries throughout the state, in accordance to the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minnesota. The sanctuary’s announcement comes days soon after the Division of Justice announced the seizure of 46 tigers, 15 lion-tiger hybrids, seven lions and just one jaguar from the Thackerville, Oklahoma, park. 

The Lowes, who have been accused of mistreating their animals, are most effective known for their visual appeal in the well known “Tiger King” docu-series. 

“I am grateful for the coordinated exertion of many reputable sanctuaries and federal organizations to assure these cats had been securely taken out,” Tammy Thies, the founder and government director of the Wildcat Sanctuary, claimed on Facebook.

“The Wildcat Sanctuary has acknowledged various large cats, such as tigers, lions and hybrid huge cats 🐯🦁🐾,…

Posted by Wildcat Sanctuary on Monday, May well 24, 2021

The Minnesota sanctuary said various of the seized animals are currently being cared for at their rescue facility when the government seeks long term forfeiture. It also offered to transportation and offer a long lasting house to each and every of Tiger King Park’s smaller sized cats if essential. 

Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, North Carolina, announced Tuesday that 4 of the 69 seized animals were currently being cared for at their facility. Two other huge cats are getting housed less than the treatment of the Lions Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary in Alpine, California. 

“With several accredited sanctuary groups doing work jointly with the federal officers, it was an effective and seamless operation,”  Lions Tigers & Bears Founder and Director Bobbi Brink said in a statement

For yrs, the Lowes operated the Larger Wynnewood Unique Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, which was beforehand owned by the docu-series’ star Joseph Maldanado, also recognized as “Joe Unique.” But Lowe’s Animal Welfare Act exhibitor license was suspended in August for “insufficient” and “improper” treatment and handling of animals, prosecutors reported. The pair then relocated to Thackerville, Oklahoma, the home of the 33-acre Tiger King Park. 

Since December of 2020, the Lowes’ Tiger King Park has undergone three inspections by the U.S. Section of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Well being Inspection Assistance, wherever they gained citations for allegedly harming and harassing their animals. Prosecutors also said the couple did not comply with court docket orders that needed them to hire a qualified veterinarian and produce a veterinary care application in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act. The Lowes ended up a short while ago uncovered in contempt of that buy, the DOJ reported.  

“The Lowes’ animals have suffered from and keep on to go through from very easily preventable or treatable problems, which in some conditions has induced the untimely death of animals,” the November grievance from the Justice Department reported. “Without a doubt, in the last two decades, quite a few animals have not been found and/or handled by a veterinarian at all.”

Brink — who has criticized the docu-series for failing to thoroughly depict the suffering of significant cats in amenities like the Lowes’ — mentioned the health and fitness of the relocated animals is vital to the sanctuaries that have taken them in. 

“Our precedence was relocating these significant cats to accredited sanctuaries wherever they will get suitable veterinary treatment, diet, shelter and habitats though the courtroom decides what’s up coming,” she claimed.