Truck stop tiger case goes to La Supreme Court

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The owner of a truck stop near Baton Rouge has asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to let him keep a 12-year-old tiger named Tony.

Attorney Joan Treadway Morris, of Baton Rouge, says she filed the writ Tuesday for Michael Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop Inc. in Grosse Tete, about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge.

The state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal ruled in April that Sandlin's permit to keep Tony was invalid because he is not Tony's legal owner.

The three-judge panel upheld most of a district court ruling involving the 12-year-old Bengal-Siberian tiger mix. It also upheld an order barring the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from giving Sandlin a new permit.

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