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Will Tony Go to Yogie?

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Tony the Tiger, courtesy of Reuter's

There’s been a long legal battle over whether Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete will be allowed to keep a live tiger on display at the business. The latest news is that truck stop owner Michael Sandlin is appealing a judges ruling revoking his license to keep “Tony.” So…where will the animal go if Sandlin’s appeal is rejected? I asked Jenny Senier with Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary in Frierson if the tiger will end up THERE?  She tells me…probably not.  She says the facility is capable of housing another big cat — but she believes it would be difficult to integrate the tiger, who’s been used to living alone all these years, into the sanctuary’s current population.  She says the State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hasn’t approached her about housing the cat, but she will wait and see what the outcome is.  She thinks Tony will be sent to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, which has about 150 animals and 140 acres of land where they can roam.

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